Today we are speaking with NGO consultant Olivia Munoro, she joined THECUBE community in the summer. Below is her story.
1. What are you working on?
In exactly 1 month, ministers from across the globe, government representatives, parliamentarians, civil society organisations and private sector representatives will come together for the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea. Approximately 2000 delegates will review global progress in improving the impact and value for money of development aid and make new commitments to further ensure that aid helps reduce poverty and supports progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
I am currently consulting for a global NGO, who will be attending this conference. I am passionate about ensuring that this process is truly democratic which is why I have agreed to carry out some research to help prepare the delegates for this forum. They will be advocating for greater and more meaningfulchildren’s participation in policy dialogue, especially in regards to issues that impact children’s lives (such as health, housing, education and development). It is a real honour to be involved in such a process.
2. What is a book that has changed your life?
The book that changed my life was King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild. Until I read this book I had no idea of the scale of the genocide in The Congo during Belgium’s Colonial rule. Millions were killed (estimated 10 million) and millions more had their hands chopped off for disobedience or lack of productivity.
What inspired me were the early human rights activists, some real underdogs and unlikely heros in colonial times (an African American slave, a working-class shipping clerk and a closet homosexual) who risked everything for what they believed in.