The majority of the research and readings that we have done for this class have been about non-inspiring companies. These types of companies exploit the system and seem to find every possible loophole to increase their profits. So when prompted to look into an organization for this blog post, I decided to choose from the opposite side of the spectrum.
One of the first organizations that came to mind was Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, is an international medical humanitarian organization that was created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. They provide independent and impartial assistance to more than 60 countries threatened by “violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.” Their timeline has been very impressive. Since the 70’s, they have helped in Cambodia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Somalia, Liberia, Rwanda, and various countries in Central America. In 1999, they were recognized for their actions and added the Nobel Peace Prize to their resume.
Having taken African Economic Development in the spring of last year, I was able to learn just how bad things are in third world countries. Unfortunately, most of the long term detrimental effects were caused by developed countries like the U.S. and a handful from Europe. But it is organizations like this that operate independently of any military, political, or religious affiliation that can help to regain hope. MSF is capable of all of this humanitarian action because 90% of its funding comes from private, non-governmental sources. In my first paper, I spent time reflecting on Nike’s rise, fall, and rebranding, and how poor ethical standards plagued the company. Thus I think that it could be a valuable experience to delve deeper into the history and background of MSF and uncover the positive (or negative) effects that their medical ethics and impartiality have had on these neglected regions.