Monday, November 17, 2014

Antsy and Anti

I listed all these organisations out because the Anti or Anti- themed NGO is defined in its opposition but shares this with several others stating that they are against corruption, slavery, violence, trafficking both human and substance, terrorism, undefined drugs, cigarettes and alcohol..

The fact that there are so many such groupings across the globe, yet the practices continue, may suggest that they are ineffective and/or misguided. Or it may be that, in their practical capacity - as inherited from the Red Cross - they are there to assist not to proselytise.

Anywhere that provides solace and refuge is to be welcomed, as long as we remain aware that there is a sliding scale of harm potential and that not all affiliations are steering toward the same goal.

To illustrate the point that the main brief of the outwardly anti continues through other organisations, consider Antigone, a Greek group that is an 'Information Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence'

Then there's Antispid that 'prevents STDs and drug addiction among MSM (sexual minorities)'. This is a little more specific than worrying about the general populace and their pill-popping proclivities.

Apne Aap Women Worldwide (A2W2) shows that much of the work of organisations opposing sex trafficking is directed by women, appropriately enough.

Arab organisations are also hung up on drugs. I mention just Arab Organization for Fighting Drugs and Brain Effects as I like that addition. Are they fighting brain effects not caused by drugs? Is this a translation issue?
But there's the Arab Center for the Development of the Rule of Law and Integrity, Arab NGO Network for Development, Arab Organization for Human Rights, Arab Organization for International Cooperation and Arab Thought Forum. Any society that has room for such worthy pursuits is of value.

Arca de Noé Fundación Social y Formativa helps street kids and Arco Iris Foundation provides holistic support (food, clothing, academic and vocational training and medical attention) to disadvantaged, marginalised and high-risk groups in La Paz, Bolivia

Arkadag Patient Rights Association has its work cut out.

Article 13 Coalition to Combat Corruption has broad underground support and ARTICLE 19 - International Centre Against Censorship appears not to be attacked by pro-censorship forces

ArtIdea sounds like a great idea as it is set up to promote art in Georgia but the appeal of the name, combined with perpetual confusion with the US state, means I just wasn't able to find a link.

Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua Foundation is a Not-for-Profit/ Civil Society and a Non-Governmental Organization aiming to provide an abundant life, social and economic security for the less privileged. ASYARF is determined to enhance the livelihood of the people in the rural areas by the provision of viable goods and materials to the grassroots and to bringing back hope to the Down Trodden. []

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Upping the Anti

The NGOs are fairly negative when it comes down to it and none more illustrate this than the list of 'anti-' organisations.

Animus Association Foundation opposes violence by definition in its charter but it is mainly set up to support the victims in all the ways that might entail. Implicit disapproval of some types of behaviour is not only unavoidable, it's necessary.

By possessing an enigmatic name, the cause becomes acceptable, the measures sensible.

By contrast, the Anglican Young People's Association doesn't have to declare its agenda; it shines as brightly as a beacon.

We must mention 'empowerment' and 'strengthening' before entering the valley of the NGOs that wear their antis on their sleeve. We find it in the charter of ANKURAM

Anti Corruption Solidarity Group/ Gabungan Solidaritas Anti Korupsi
Anti Drug Abuse Association of Zimbabwe
Anti Narcotics Welfare Organization
Anti Narcotics Co-ordinating Center
Anti Sex Trafficking Action
Anti-Slavery International
Anti Smoking Society Qatar
Anti Terrorism Force
Anti Trafficking Centre
Anti-drug volunteer association of Klong Toey slum
Anti-AIDS Charitable Youth Fund
Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda
Anti-Corruption Committee
Anti-Corruption Council of Ukraine
Anti-Corruption Front
Anti-Corruption Gateway for Europe and Eurasia
Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa
Anti-Corruption Justice and Information Center - Ngororero
Anti-Drug and Alcohol Abuse Foundation, Inc
Anti-Drug Association of Somalia
Anti-Drug Association of Argentine Republic
Anti-Drugs Association
Anti-Drugs Association of Mongolia
Anti-Narcotics Association
Anti-Slavery Project
Anti-Violence Network of Georgia
Anticorruption Business Council