Launching “Aid on Sale” Campaign in Slovakia

  • January 4, 2014
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Migration is a complex phenomenon and its consequences and interactions with the development are subject to the Aid for Sale campaign that arrives to Slovakia to promote promotion of human capital, job placement and public services for all based on active participate of Diaspora amongst us. Since it is an exchange of people, capital and finance, it is important to encourage such mechanisms that bring people willing to participate through “human-sensitive entrepreneurship initiatives”.

The ” Aid on Sale” campaign is a response to the need for change in the perception of global development based on mobility, sharing of knowledge and human capital, while fully respecting the interdependence of the so-called Community  of the North and Global South (a general term for a grouping of countries with low and medium level of income).

Why “Aid is on Sale” ?

Donation does not help if you feed the hungry one with fish only for one day. By this we mean that selling is the way to evaluate knowledge transfer and skills of immigrants, so that we can do business and development together and deeming the rights for development in agriculture, health and education while encouraging innovation and technology in traditional markets of the Global South.


It is necessary to change by avoid talking about poverty and immaturity of the countries of immigrants living among us. It is a statistical cliché affecting mainly the colonial times in which Slovak history does not fit in. We want to be modern and  use the correct terms about the countries of origin of migrants and refugees in Slovakia, and not to label them “third world”.


Discussion will lead to all stakeholders for improvement of living conditions globally.


We promote wealth and development – two categories expressed via the cooperation policy of “development aid”. This usually refers to official development assistance from the governments of the North countries. It also includes various institutions of philanthropy, foreign direct investments or start-ups and social entrepreneurship.


Our goal is to launch a debate on how conditions for cooperation with the countries of immigrants is promoted. We promote development via engagement of migrants in countering the conditions in aid-recipient country, where health, education and social services are not available or only paid. Employment opportunities for breadwinners permanently absent in politics of indigenous homelands.


“Aid for Sale” is calling for changing the culture of dependency on aid. Development aid has turned economies in the partners countries in highly dependent markets on granted forms of aid. The aid-recipients feel that this will take away and thus it acts as moral hazard. Migrants can contribute substantially to the change of this model by levering skills, knowledge and technologies improving indigenous societies in their countries of origin.


Changes in living conditions in partner countries is still accompanied by a deficit of institutional and political will. And also, when we look at the sector of “cooperation for development”, we do recognise few players from the Diaspora involved in partnership initiatives for the purpose of job creation and economic growth in partner countries.


Joint development and participation of immigrants defines the potential of global, social, economic and human development as a process of exchange and cooperation: exchange of human skills and ideas, and cooperation among entities that wish to realise mutual benefits of cooperation. However, co-operation and global approach to migration requires institutional and organisational foundations.