I was going to an event called “Fashion Fights Poverty” (co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area), the reaction was a mixture of amusement and interest on the one hand, and distaste and ridicule on the other when I told my co-workers. Those of us who work with development are likely to respond the way that is same we come across superstars posing with bad African kids.
How does the growing trendiness of poverty result in the development community squirm?
The big event to advertise socially-conscious developers happened at an upscale clothing store in an up-and-coming section of DC. The space had been crowded with costly clothes and photographers. Music played because gorgeous individuals sipped cosmos and passed down copies of this Millennium developing Goals Report (pdf). A woman that is young stilettos strutted as though for a catwalk close to a display of beads produced by ladies in rural Uganda.