Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dakota Indians in Timor?

For all those who have done work with, work for, have some suspicions of, or want their idealism crushed of the UN (or many NGOs or government offices), read on. This is pretty close to accurate:

Something to bear in mind……..

Tribal wisdoms of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, say that 'when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount'. However, in the UN and a range of other organisations a range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

Changing riders;

Appointing a committee to study the horse;

Arranging to visit other countries to see how others ride dead horses;

Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included;

Reclassifying the dead horse as 'living impaired';

Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse;

Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed;

Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance;

Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance;

Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead, and therefore contributes substantially more to the mission of the organization than do some other horses;

Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses;

Preparing a workshop with paid attendants on the subject of experience gained in riding dead horses in post war settings;

Preparing a second workshop on environmental hazards caused by horse sh*t, and the advantage on using dead horses which are therefore of no hazard to the environment.