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A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis (2003)

15 Apr

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Many of the topics and posts on this blog may come off to be rather cynical of humanitarian projects. The purpose however, is not to dismiss international development projects altogether, but rather to create more critical discussion and dialogue on the models being used and implemented. We recognize that the majority of development projects begin with good intentions, yet there are many cases where these projects further perpetuate issues in the target community and are ineffective due to a lack of awareness and thought. Reading a wide selection of work that have criticized development and volunteer projects may open one’s mind to analyze situations and issues from many different angles whether you agree or disagree with the author.

A Bed for the Night, by David Rieff may be a challenging read however, he explains his frustration at the limitations of humanitarianism in our society today. He investigates the gap between the norms of the human rights movement and the unpleasant reality of the humanitarian crises in Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

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