If NGOs were animals, would they be… (pls add at will)

23/02/2011 at 10:31 am 5 comments

If NGOs were animals, would they be…

 

An Octopus

Charitable arms and legs going in all directions. No spine. At the mere sign of criticism a smokescreen comes up.

 

A Cheetah

Fast. Lightfooted. Determined. Highly specialised. But if reality takes a few sharp turns it loses the race.

 

An Owlet
Furry. Fluffy. Cute. Everyone loves them. Not very useful though. (Might develop some wisdom in much later life)

 

 

A Sheep

Soft. Fluffy. Useful and friendly. But do they all have to be the same? Not good at getting up once turned up onto their backs.

 

A Peacock

Beautiful. Striking. Admired. But totally useless. Not even edible. Waste of effort.

 

A Tortoise

Hard. Slow. Not very exciting. But they’re willing to stick their necks out to get where they want to go. And they WILL get there!

 

A Lion

Big and strong. Respected. Widely admired. Not averse to taking credit for other people’s work. Sleep most of the day.

 

An Ant

Small. Industrious. Not really liked by anyone. But very strong and determined and ALWAYS putting the collective interest before their own.

 

A Cat

Lazy comfort creature. Some people love them to bits, others can’t stand them. Has always been there. Will always be there. Jury’s out on whether they serve a purpose.

 

A Cow

Not flash. A bit fat and ugly. Ruminating a lot. Pensive but without immediate results. High on overhead costs. Yet entire civilisations would crumble without her.

A Camel

Definitely not an animal designed to win donor funding or beauty contests. Perfectly adapted for its purpose. Never in a hurry. Unbeatable value for money.

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