Trust is essential in order to reduce poverty and violence.
That is Celina de Sola’s message in the video below.
I believe that the absence of trust and cooperation is the main reason behind the deficiencies in international aid.
No one can achieve great results on their own.
El Salvador is a country with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Poverty and inequality is rife. Different gangs hold power in many communities. You often have a choice between joining a gang, being killed or making an arduous escape to the U.S.A.
If you can build trust in El Salvador, you can build trust anywhere.
Glasswing’s recepy is to bring different actors together; including international corporations doing business in the country. First and foremost through local employees, who volunteer in different activities. Traditionally, “businesses” and “corporations” have been treated with scepticism among NGOs, to say the least. But if you want to build trust you have to work even with the actors you may not like.
Celina de Sola also talks about the important role civil society should play in demanding transparency. Not only from the government, but also from businesses. And transparency is both a condition for and a result of trust.
Here is the interview with Celina de Sola: