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Review for Central Asia Institute, Bozeman, MT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Regardless of whether or not CAI has exaggerated its reports, one should pay particular attention to the impact that CAI has had at the grassroots levels - on the "local" populations. It appears to me that those higher up the bureaucratic chain are quick to join the bandwagon in pointing out how CAI could have been sounder in its decisions, or conducted better work. However, at the end of the day, let us be realistic. We are dealing with areas of the world where the government, NATO, or US security forces had a minimal presence and most definitely did not address the education needs of the marginalized. CAI has been performing and continues to perform great feats under great challenges.

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A helpful article to put what I have said into perspective:

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My conversations with a few individuals from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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With better transparency and less pay for Mr. Mortenson, CAI should be supported in its work. I think his personal salary in comparison to CAI’s revenues is too high, especially when your compare his salary to those leading international organizations such as the American Red Cross. I suppose further investigations over time will provide CAI the opportunity to restore is image.

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Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I have taught and spoken with refugees around the world. Our conversations have highlighted the need for equation and governmental support in addressing this issue. .