“Democracy does not come from a Messiah from above, nor a helicopter from a [western] Union.” – S’bu Zikode, 2013
It is made by the people, demanded and ensured. Unfortunately, that remains the case only in theory. Political bodies have assumed the role of dictators once again, but under the (legitimised) mask of Democracy, through an intricate, almost mind-bogglingly “invisible hand” (Smith, 1759) created web. Countries remain poor because it fits in with the global neo-liberal agenda to promote the idea of Free Markets. Fitting in well with this situation is the concept of Brand Aid. You are sold the idea of a set of starving, agency-lacking countries in what is called the “Global South”. You need to think for them, you need to buy those products so that they aren’t poor, you need to get on a plane, fly off to that impoverished country to experience poverty and do your part as a white privileged person to “ease that country’s suffering”. Of course through some rich-person-created NGO that will probably charge you to work for them claiming to be “voluntary”.