Tuesday, December 11, 2007

UN Trademarks: Failing and Fundraising

Back to one of the stories that demonstrates the United Nations continuum. An internet search of the word continuum may give you definitions the ease of which to understand equals the difficulty of determining where all the money goes after being given to the international organization whose name implies a lofty goal. The same can be said for the program known as the Millennium Development Goals that it happens just received an evaluation from 'educators.'

Earlier reports on this topic pointed to the low probability of the goals being achieved over a 15 year period and how that plays into the UN's strategy. Propose unrealistic goals while ignoring the conflicting agendas, collective plausible denial, timetables designed to out live participants or oversight and infinite appeals for funding always reported as inadequate. If the United Nations is not the real world version of the fairy tale goose that lays the golden eggs it is close enough.

A group of educators, donors, lobbyists and most likely UN reps held a meeting to discuss the MDG education program status and funding. It would almost seem incredible that what are supposed to be intelligent people could use the same words and phrases over and over again, year after year, to describe more failures and pandering for more money with no shame. The trick is one has to pay attention to every word and you quickly notice nothing is being said but the hand is out.

Half way through the 15 year goals timetable, just like earlier reports of other programs, they may mention the original goal more or less specifically but it is followed by vague and broken descriptions of what has happened to date. That is followed by excuses that funding was inadequate and more is needed. The cycle repeats until a new program is launched that also accomplishes nothing but requires continuous funding. Hence, the reference at the top of this post about the UN continuum. Here are some examples from the latest report.

"We are really making progress," he said. "There are huge challenges, but progress is being made to achieve this important goal."

After a slow start in the 32 countries funded by the Fast Track Initiative, their annual report says by 2010 most will have 100 percent of kids start first grade.

7 or eight years into a 15 year program the 'slow start' means they have completed nothing. They probably reason that if you bought the program to begin with and nothing is even remotely close to complete at the half way point, you're good for believing that 3 more years story. By then you will have forgotten about it or another classic excuse will be provided right before the appeal for more money the destination of which no one knows outside the UN.

"I would say the most critical issue is that the governments are making education a priority," he said. "It is a political will issue and they are really making very rapid progress. They have got a lot of catching up to do. They are moving faster than any region has ever moved before."

How's that for 50 words that say nothing? The report admits widespread corruption that is standard for UN operations. Can you say Oil for Food Program? And their audacity is unmistakable. Right after essentially saying nothing which translates into these programs are totally useless, true to form the final comment from a spokesperson is:

"Overall, we need another $6 billion U.S. per year just to get every child to complete a primary cycle of education," she explained.

source: http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-12-11-voa50.cfm

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