Skip to main content. Author raises some interesting points, not all of which I agree with, but definitely stimulate reflection, including a unique comparison of communism and humanitarianism. And such a loss would have been seen as a relatively small one at that, if not by American then by Western European standards. A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis I will note that the end of the books feels incredibly dated. Sep 09, Anna rated it liked it.
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Shelves: development-humanitarian-aid Reading all these book by aid workers is teaching me that while aid workers are fantastic at being self-critical, they are horrible at writing coherent arguments.
Humanitarian agencies should intentionally limit their mandates. Keep humanitarianism separate from human rights and politics and Reading all these book by aid workers is teaching me that while aid workers are fantastic at being self-critical, they are horrible at writing coherent arguments.
Keep humanitarianism separate from human rights and politics and acknowledge how very limited the problem-solving scope of relief is. It is just that: relief. A bed for the night. They need political answers. Let it save some lives, whatever the compromises it has to make along the way, and let it tend to the victims and remind that corner of the world that is lucky enough not to be in agony of the incalculable suffering, misery, and grief that literally billions of people feel every day of their lives.
Is that really so little? There is nothing small or insufficient about what [humanitarians] do, except, that is, in the tragic human sense that all effort is insufficient, all glory transient, all solutions inadequate to the challenge, all aid insufficient to the need.
I felt like he lacked a lot of critical theoretical background for a lot of his criticism, too. Overall, interesting, added something-- including a scathing takedown of the calls to war that emanate from humanitarian NGOs Somalia, Bosnia, Very pertinent but no lucid argument for any one thing in particular, no real summation of the vast amount of history he tries to cover and synthesize. Why did you write this book?
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