Dadamac is on a mission to close the communication gap between Changemakers in Africa and people who have a heart to support their endeavours. Sometimes it is hard to explain why this matters. Irin's coverage of Invisible Children gives some insights, so I've quoted part of the text below. The quote is in italics. I've put in bold the bits that are relevant to the problem that Dadamac Foundation is trying to address.
See Irin and The invisible lesson of Invisible Children for the full article.
The subtext of Invisible Children's narrative was simple: give us your support, and most importantly your money, and we'll take care of this. If that tactic sounds familiar, it's because it's the subtext of every single humanitarian fundraising appeal ever. Humanitarian organisations don't connect those affected by disasters with those who can help. They mediate between the two groups, and so contribute to keeping them separate.
The power structures that prevent vulnerable people from having access to resources are the same structures that prevent them from having access to communications – which has long been recognised as a vital resource itself. Humanitarian organisations need to ask themselves whether trying to hold on to their mediating role – the role that brings in the cash – fits with their wider ethic of social and economic justice.
This is the issue that Tim Unwin is talking about around 2 minutes into the video of keynote
The separation between donors and recipients is what Dadamac means when we talk about top-down structures and the development disconnect - see It's time to end this development disconnect
We have demonstrated through our work with Fantsuam Foundation over the years that two way communication and equal respect collaboration is a possibility. However it is important that the emphasis is placed on building the co-operative cross-cultural online community. The technology provides the "tools for talking" and the "online spaces" where we can "meet" for our communication and collaboration. The real work involves growing the community.