More than two years after the Stop Kony campaign, the organization behind it, Invisible Children, is winding down operations, and experts are divided on whether or not the campaign produced meaningful results. Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay praised some of the work done by Invisible Children’s partner, the Resolve, but added that much of the work was already underway before the Kony 2012 film came out.
“Where are all the college students who bought KONY 2012 merchandise three years ago now?” Seay wrote in an e-mail to the Washington Post. “How many of them still pay attention to the LRA [Lord’s Resistance Army] crisis, much less are willing to give up time and money to do something about it—or another cause relating to conflict in Africa or elsewhere? I’d be willing to bet it’s a pretty small percentage.”
See also this related Washington Post article.