[act-ma] 7/22 CCI Brown Bag: International Aid to Palestinians: Helpful or Oppressive (Wed)

Janet Janet at communitychangeinc.org
Mon Jul 20 11:32:50 PDT 2009

Community Change Inc.

Brown Bag Anti-Racism Discussion Series 2009
Changing the Public Discourse around Race

International Aid to Palestinians –
Helpful or Oppressive?

The international aid system has developed in response to the  
political agendas and bureaucratic needs of donors, with severe  
consequences on Palestinian civil society. Besides donor driven  
agendas, wasted resources, and fraudulent practices, Dalia  
Association says that funds are not reaching the small grassroots  
groups who are best positioned to make a difference for their own  
communities. Further, over 10 years of dependence on international  
aid have distorted Palestinians’ own attitudes toward development.  
These problems are especially severe for marginalized groups. Dalia  
Association, the first Palestinian community foundation, mobilizes  
resources and makes grants for Palestinian social change and  
sustainable development through community-based decision-making.

  July 22, 2009 (Wednesday)
12 noon – 1:30 pm
Community Change Library on Racism
14 Beacon Street, Room 605
Boston MA 02108
  Presenter: Nora Lester Murad, Ph.D., is founding executive director  
of Dalia Association (www.Dalia.ps), the first Palestinian community  
foundation. Dalia Association reduces dependence on international aid  
by mobilizing locally-controlled resources and building  
sustainability of grassroots civil society. Previously, Nora was  
assistant professor of cross-cultural understanding at Bentley  
College in Massachusetts, and she did anti-racism and organizational  
change work with corporate and nonprofit clients. Nora has spoken  
widely, most recently at the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists  
in Abu Dhabi, and has published several articles about Palestinian  
and intercultural topics as well as philanthropy and international  
aid. She can be reached at NoraM at Dalia.ps.

Please bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. $5 contribution  
requested; proceeds will benefit the DALIA ASSOCIATION

RSVP (617) 523-0555 or janet at communitychangeinc.org
Community Change, Inc 617-523-0555 www.communitychangeinc.org visit  
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