SAIH - a member organization of PWYP Norway

Many aid organizations portray poor people so that it looks as if the only solution is that "we" give more money to "them". Such fund-raising campaigns do more harm than good, says SAIH, because they provide a narrow understanding and concealment of the causes of poverty. In 2011 ​​SAIH made the video Radi-Aid: Africa to Norway, to create debate on this topic. The video has been viewed more than two million times.
1. What does SAIH work with?

SAIH is the solidarity and aid organization for students and academics in Norway. The organization works with educational assistance, information and advocacy. SAIH was created in 1961 as part of the Norwegian student anti-apartheid commitment. SAIH are also located on universities and colleges across the country.

2. Why did SAIH choose to become a member organization of PWYP Norway?

"SAIH means that aid alone can not create a justice world. Rich countries of the North must also change the policies that have a negative impact on development in the South. Several of the countries where SAIH have projects, is rich in natural resources. Transparency of financial flows and the fair distribution of income are essentials if natural resources should benefit the population and contribute to development. It is important to participate in the network Publish What You Pay Norway, where the organizations are behind demands for transparency and build a expertise that can be a counterweight to the financial secrecy. "

- Jørn Wichne Pedersen, head of SAIH

3. What is the added value of PWYP Norway for the Norwegian civil society?

"Publish What You Pay Norway focuses on the root causes of poverty and injustice in the world. The network is pushing for legislative changes, it produces, collects and shares knowledge and runs capacity building; all on a field that requires specialized knowledge. PWYP Norway is an important resource for the Norwegian organizations working in solidarity work, human rights and development. A concrete example of an added value for us is that our partners in Bolivia now puts capital flight on the agenda locally, having participated in activities organized by PWYP Norway. "

- Jørn Wichne Pedersen, head of SAIH