Centered on Civil Liberties & Political Issues, Human Development & Socioeconomic Matters
The unprecedented technological advancements in mass media and telecommunications have broadened the options of knowing what is going on in this turbulent world. Nowadays, people see how terror attacks, kidnapping, bloody armed conflicts and civil wars roam all around the globe. Thereon they wonder why the concerned authorities did not grasp the nettle of matters at early stages or at least neutralize the schemers so that such devastating occurrences are avoided.
Most people get a line about many drawn-out peacekeeping operations and interminable peace-brokering processes originated to promote peace and preserve security. Yet they find themselves wondering why many peace endeavors have ended up being either inapplicable or irrelevant. Likewise, they hear about so many disaster relief initiatives projected to minify the aftereffects of traumatic natural disasters, such as tsunamis, earthquakes and typhoons, for example, and provide humanitarian aid to the needy and unfortunates. Nevertheless, many of those efforts are marked to act in modest effectuality.
Apart from where we live in this world, whether in the Eastern or Western hemisphere, all share one compound question: Why super governments along with the international community, at large, fall short to attain their global and regional proclaimed objectives—let alone national ones. It is quite difficult to find independent analysts and thinkers who believe that over-rich omnipotent nations, like the G-20, which account for around 85% of the Gross World Product (GWP), 80% of world trade, and two-thirds of the world population, are meager to fulfill the needs and hopes of all people: peace and prosperity.
So, what are the cardinal reasons for this inordinate shortcoming? Is it the strategy or level of commitment? Is it the lack of expertise or impracticality? Or, what?
The answer, however, is partly nestled in the presence of red tape and tightened hierarchic structures, absence of impartial reconciliatory patterns, and lack of out-of-the-box professionalism—not to discuss corruption and bribery.
On that matter, people tend to inquire if there are alternative remedies that can add much to the current unsatisfactory efforts to stop the ongoing bloodshed, prevent terror and defuse prevised wars. Peace-loving thinkers are in continuous search to reckon how peace can be better served and largely secured. Likewise, human-centered advocates are in the hunt for the best effective methodology and mode through which help and aid are adequately delivered to billions of poverty-stricken and hapless people.
Given the chronic failure of most governmental associations, dormant international organizations, and ineffective regional leagues to maintain peace and deliver aid to the needy, the alternative is definitely outside of the officialdom brackets of pro-government organizations.
The world needs to have professional nongovernmental associations that can play the main role in future humanitarian undertakings and human development initiatives, without political influence or bureaucratic limitations. The world needs specialized mobilization associations that have businesslike structure and features, but operate without being single-minded towards maximizing profits. The philanthropic and mediatory domains need transnational groups that have multinational advisory committees, diversified topnotch management and qualified hands-on expertise who are accustomed to operate with a focus on results for adversely impacted populations, and committed to serve fairly and squarely anywhere as per the necessity and condition, not according to one political agenda or another.
At that, one might point out to a large number of similar existent groups or organizations, and hence to the absence of necessity for the like. On the face of it, though this thought might seems logical. Yet, when it comes to efficiency and neutrality, they are few. Actually, the largest part of NGOs is either of theoretical nature or without professional functional body to cope with world’s adversities. While the rest are widely viewed to be either politically swayed, bureaucratically thwarted, or poorly funded. Unfortunately, the reality is that there are only a small number of surefooted organizations and groups to carry out remote peace and recovery missions effectively and promptly, in a similar mode of many successful franchised businesses and dealerships.
All the same, the fact remains that the need for new practical and responsive organizations would not have come to mind, should prominent international organizations and leagues, like the United Nation (UN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Arab league (LAS) and many others, have been able to serve their peace-making and human development missions.
By all odds, this loose commitment to human issues and irresponsible antiquated means of approach has to be ruled out from play in favor of more pragmatic and result-driven techniques and strategies. It is daydreaming to say that the current line of thoughts and customary approaches of most international organizations will be reshaped in the near future. Keeping in mind that, the majority of the world’s population is living in distress or in fear—if not combined— and hence cannot wait another seven decades to have peace and see an end to all those atrocities, regional wars and armed conflicts. The world’s economic catalysts, be they financial organizations or rich governments, cannot afford to waste hundreds of billions of dollars over again, which were depleted in the name of peace and human development, while one-third (2.3 billion people) of the world’s population now live under the poverty line ($2.00 a day).
Alas, considering the barren methods of activities of most international organizations and transcontinental groups, it is reasonable to know that this notion of self-change is invalid. Knowing that, the world nowadays needs competent devotees and groups of professional expertise that hold fresh reasoning and humanistic considerations instead of sleepy former foreign ministers, old-hat bureaucrats and dormant human rights demagogues. In fact, the only practical alternative is to start over and give our full support to new organizations so that we preserve the hope to see change in our lifetime.
In all likelihood, if we do nothing to change our today, today will change our tomorrow.
Five hundred years ago, Edmund Burke, Anglo-Irish philosopher and statesman, said:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.