Then of course there is the issue of whether in the future we will even need international NGOs any more. Will people just be able to use social media to directly sponsor a child in the community?
In development there is a tendency to think about trends and gradual change but we need to be aware of the possibility of disruptive change. Development may face a complete sea change at some point – similar to what happened to the music industry where suddenly downloads decimated the CD market. However, preparing for that is more difficult: usually the change that comes is not what you put on your risk register.Caroline Harper, chief executive of Sightsavers interviewed in the Guardian