The Politics Of Humanity

The Reality of Relief Aid

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Author: John Holmes

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 1781852081

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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John Holmes was the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs from 2007 until 2010. His work took him to some of the most troubled areas of the world: to Sri Lanka, Darfur, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among other places, and exposed him to the harsh realities of humanitarian aid. Frequently he found that the UN's humanitarian programmes in these hotspots were tolerated but consistently undermined and mistrusted by both sides in any conflict, and its efforts to protect civilians and provide humanitarian relief frustrated by people working for purely political ends. Clear-eyed about the realities of development aid, Holmes realised early on that his role was to be a voice to the voiceless. THE POLITICS OF HUMANITY exposes, in often depressing detail, how difficult this job is, as well as analysing and exploring in great depth the wider policy questions of his role.

Reporting Disasters

Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media

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Author: Suzanne Franks

Publisher: Hurst

ISBN: 1849044953

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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The media reporting of the Ethiopian Famine in 1984-5 was an iconic news event. It is widely believed to have had an unprecedented impact, challenging perceptions of Africa and mobilising public opinion and philanthropic action in a dramatic new way. The contemporary international configuration of aid, media pressure, and official policy is still directly affected and sometimes distorted by what was--as this narrative shows--also an inaccurate and misleading story. In popular memory, the reporting of Ethiopia and the resulting humanitarian intervention were a great success. Yet alternative interpretations give a radically different picture of misleading journalism and an aid effort which did more harm than good. Using privileged access to BBC and Government archives, Reporting Disasters examines and reveals the internal factors which drove BBC news and offers a rare case study of how the media can affect public opinion and policymaking. It constructs the process that accounts for the immensity of the news event, following the response at the heart of government to the pressure of public opinion. And it shows that while the reporting and the altruistic festival that it produced triggered remarkable and identifiable changes, the on-going impact was not what the conventional account claims it to have been.

The Politics and Policies of Relief, Aid and Reconstruction

Contrasting Approaches to Disasters and Emergencies

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Author: Fulvio Attina

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137026723

Category: Nature

Page: 265

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Innovation in the world institutions and global politics as well as in the physical environment and practices of the contemporary societies has raised the need for specific and up-to-date knowledge about the politics and policies of relief, aid and reconstruction. This book advances the political analysis of international disaster policies which have been mostly in the domain of other social sciences. Attina looks at the formation of this field of study and analyses the most recent disaster events including the Haiti earthquake, the tsunami which hit the Pacific Ocean countries and the genocide in Rwanda and Former Yugoslavia. Broadly linked to constructivism and neo-institutionalism, this book looks also at the impact of these cooperation policies on the governance of the present global system.

The Reality of Aid 1995

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Author: Tony German,Judith Randel

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 1853832928

Category: Economic assistance

Page: 120

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This text provides an evaluation of the aid policies of the major donors and their effectiveness in fulfilling their official purpose of relieving poverty and assisting development. The book has a four-page analysis of the aid performance of 24 donors. It also reviews current issues and themes of aid policy and summarizes the principal facts and figures of aid in at-a-glance tables and charts.

The Selfish Altruist

Relief Work in Famine and War

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Author: Tony Vaux,Anthony Vaux

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 9781849774307

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 241

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Provides an analysis of some of the most traumatic situations involving famine and war of the last two decades, helping us to understand what it takes to be an aid worker and how important humanitarian action is today. Famine and war evoke strong emotional reactions, and for most people there is a limited amount they can do. But the relief worker has to convert emotional responses into practical action and difficult choices - whom to help and how. Their own feelings have to motivate action for others. But can they separate out their own selfish feelings and prejudices in such an emotive climate? How do they avoid being partial among those they are helping? Are they motivated by altruistic concern, or the power they experience or the attention they receive? Tony Vaux brings over 20 years experience as one of Oxfam's leading emergency managers to the exploration of the conflicts between subjective impulses and objective judgements and the dilemmas relief workers contend with.

Making the World Safe

The American Red Cross and a Nation's Humanitarian Awakening

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Author: Julia Irwin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199766401

Category: History

Page: 273

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A history of the relationship between the United States and foreign countries through its humanitarian interventions in the early 20th century.

Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine

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Author: S. William A. Gunn,Michele Masellis

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387722645

Category: Medical

Page: 324

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This book seeks to define the field of humanitarian medicine. It gathers new and previously-published articles and speeches that set out the principles of humanitarian medicine, starting with the idea of health as a human right, and examining topics such as quality of life, torture, and nuclear conflict. The book takes a historical view and its contributors include Nobel laureates Kofi Annan and Joseph Rotblat.

Wilderness Medicine E-Book

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Author: Paul S. Auerbach

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 1455733563

Category: Medical

Page: 2304

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