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What very few people realize, the biggest part of corruption, is Nepotism. It basically means preferring or appointing family members or relatives over other, more qualifying and deserving people. We sometimes extend this courtesy to our friends too. We give them leeway in certain activities or allow them to enjoy some more benefits like more salary, early promotion and other facilities. We neglect other employees, who are more deserving to those benefits. It demotivates other employees who are actually working hard. It is nepotism which is sometimes interpreted as Gender Inequality. It is very common in Private Sector, Political Parties and even Bollywood. Govt. Sector has nepotism or Cronyism. People trade “favors” from employees holding important positions in important department. 

              Unfortunately, nepotism has been a part of our society since beginning and cannot be abandoned. And as long as it exist, there is no cure to corruption.

Paul’s Extremely Subjective Job Experience Observations with Government and Private Sector Technician Work

       For four years I was a technician (helicopters) for the U.S. Navy and
currently I am a technician (wind turbines) in the private sector.

In the military there were sometimes weeks on the ship where you had to
work several 18 hour shifts in a row to scramble to repair broken
helicopters and you couldn’t make it to chow for lunch or dinner so your
buddy brings you some cold eggs on a plate for breakfast and you eat them
standing up really quickly with your fingers and you are very tired and
grateful and when you finally fix the helo and it flies away your boss
tells you that if you didn’t spend so much time playing with your tiny
flaccid pecker and spent more time reading the fucking technical
publication you might be worth a shit as a technician and it wouldn’t take
so goddamned long to do the one simple job you are getting paid handsomely
to do.

You might get spit on your face because someone is yelling at you and their
face is so close to yours that you could easily give them a little kiss.

Your boss might be upset in such a way that he literally breaks his finger
pointing it on the desk so hard while demanding answers from you.

You might watch a sailor get hit in the head with a battery that his
supervisor threw at him while asking “Are you stupid?!” He wasn’t stupid.

These are a few examples and they represent “sometimes” not “all of the
time”. These types of things do not happen as often in the private sector
because you have not quite literally signed your life over to them, as it
is in the military, so if you experience these things outside of the
military you could just quit your job, or sue.

Another major difference is money.

In private sector you may appear as a walking, talking, working dollar sign
to your employer, as is the work you do. They might be less interested in a
job well done as in just a job done. You might experience so many cut
corners that if your task was supposed to be a square it ends up looking
like a small circle. Despite these discouraging aspects that were mentioned
earlier, the technician work in the military can come with a great sense of
pride and comradery. In the private sector you are a part of a team, yes,
but there is not the same sense of ownership as in the military. In the
military the incentive to do a good job at work is not monetary because you
are on salary and there are no bonuses. The incentive to do a good job lies
in the fact that you are a part of a greater mission than yourself and your
paycheck. If you allow yourself room for errors in your work you will let
down those around you and in that same sense let down yourself.

In the military the same people who yell at you would defend your career as
well as your life. They are yelling at you because if the machine that you
are all a part of does not run smoothly then it all stops, in a very
dangerous way, and they need you just as much as you need them. In the
private sector they won’t yell at you if you don’t get the work done fast
enough, they’ll just replace you tomorrow with someone who will. You can,
however, earn overtime and quit whenever you want, which right now are
looking like my main two perks.

May 28, 2015

A personal letter on the concept of Development

When I first moved to the Netherlands in August 2013, my concept of  Development was much closer to the one of Justice. However, a year and a half after that trip to the country of the Mills, my concept of Development changed towards different interpretations and values. Personally, development was seen as a concept related to ‘advocacy’; with the aim to generate an engagement and collaboration between different levels; from small-farmers to multilateral organizations. It was also seen as a concept related to movements and people working from the local/communities levels. 

However, years before I got to experience my first Master Studies at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the concept of Development was more related to the one that goes along with the private sector. This conceptualization was shaped mainly by my first real working experience in the area of development -mainly in collaboration with corporations and chambers of commerce.

This experience took place when I was 21 years old. I was living in China, and perhaps living the Chinese “Dream”. I remember looking out from the top of my apartment’s roof -in the city of Shanghai- and the view was nothing but cranes constructing high buildings and skyscrapers. A formidable view of what growth, prosperity and economic development can bring about. However, economic development can come at the expense of social and environmental development. During my stay here, I was able to witness first-hand the trade-offs involved in new development projects and the challenges of delivering the benefits of those projects in an equitable and sustainable manner. That experience made me realize the dark reality behind the promises of “bi-millionaire” projects. The promises of delivering sustainability on large scale projects are always difficult to bring up; and when large companies are taking action on that manner it is difficult to hold them accountable or to measure their impact. Therefore, the importance of collaboration between NGOs, private sector, government and society should be the pillar of every investment, policy, and project.  

Gradually, my concept of development was evolving as my personal and professional experiences were changing and new challenges were coming to my life. So now that I am able to reflect on the past, live in the present and observe the future, I can surely say that the concept of Development have been transformed in accordance to different stages of my professional and academic experience. Now, I am here again on my second trip on a Master Studies in International Development; and this time my journey is still trying to discover what development should be about. 

Should it be only about justice? Or should it be about engagement at every level? 

Or more importantly, should the concept of development be shaped by personal experiences or by a shared-community’s objective and values?

Lucia Lopez Pineda

Lucia is currently working on Corporate Accountability mechanisms and the Behind the Brands Campaign at Oxfam Novib. She is born and raised in Mexico but has a strong affinity to everything Chinese.