Editions. War Games . Linda Polman ‘Polman shines a light on the multibillion dollar juggernaut that is today’s humanitarian aid network. But as Linda Polman’s War Games reveals, the delivery of aid can often have unintended consequences. Relying on decades of experience as. Conor Foley: Of course there are problems with the aid industry, but books like Linda Polman’s War Games only simplify the debate.
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But, I guess that’s one reason we read books – to open our minds to things we wouldn’t necessarily think about ourselves.
My best friend’s sister lent me this book, most likely in hopes that I’d understand more about the humanitarian world, and I have to say it was much more beneficial to read than I had originally anticipated.
NGO’s cannot and should not be apolitical.
War Games: The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times
Not an eye-opener I was already aware of many facts here but equally impressive. Preview — War Games by Linda Polman. T he humanitarian aid industry is big business. Mar 24, Angelina Souren rated it it was amazing Shelves: If we want to give our aid to places where it will be spent without any worries about unintended consequences or the risk of corruption, we might as well give it to Sweden or Switzerland. Jul 16, Liisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Surprisingly, after reading this book, you might find yourself agreeing with the notion, to an extent.
Hannah rated it it was amazing Jun 14, The operation has been one of the most extensively documented and critiqued, as it was a turning point for the humanitarian movement, and Polman draws on many of these secondary sources when discussing what went wrong and why so much international aid ended up being expropriated by the genocidaires. Little did the Red Cross volunteers realize, they had been helping many Hutus, who were gaining food and useful items for trading to further carry out their destruction of the race of Tutsis.
Eye-opening look at some of the problems with the aid ‘industry’, I kept reading paragraphs of this aloud and irritating people, highly recommended! This brings it to life much more than someone saying, it is a problem. Polman guides us, at times not so gently, into understanding that the aid industry is not at all how it is portrayed by the media.
However, she sometimes misses her target or overstates her case. But this is a recurring weakness of the book. Many of these points are familiar to those immersed in the aid world, but Polman has done a good job in bringing them to wider attention. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
War Games: the Story of Aid and War in Modern Times by Linda Polman: review – Telegraph
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Not an academic read, but she gives the reader a good sense of on-the-ground reality and frustration. It should make all of us think about the moral dilemma in giving aid which prolongs and funds conflicts. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation.
At our debate, Polman admitted that she has never even visited a restaurant pklman Kabul in which she claims waitresses were “dressed in miniskirts, split to the top of their thighs, with toy guns tucked into their garters” — an allegation which could easily lead to it being targeted for a terrorist attack. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
War Games: The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times by Linda Polman
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Yes, organisations that receive our money — whether through taxes or through donations — should be accountable to the people who provided that money. While not alleviating any one person of fault, it is obvious that Linda Polman’s in My best friend’s sister lent me this book, most likely in hopes that I’d understand more about the humanitarian world, and I have to say it was much more beneficial to read than I had originally anticipated.
Aug 06, Madeline rated it liked it. Return to Book Page. Meghna rated it it was amazing Jun 12, I was very wrong.
Polman chucks the metaphorical kitchen sink at humanitarian aid and its workers. Ben rated it really liked it Jul 18, Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. Food, medical care, shelter, etc Paperbackpages.
Taking potshots at people such as Bono is easy, but cheap — this is a man whose tireless campaigning has, undoubtedly, helped save and improve the lives of many people around the world. It encourages the reader to think about media reporting on humanitarian crises, and to ask the wqr questions. While not alleviating any one person of fault, it is obvious that Linda Polman’s interest lies strictly in illustrating a realistic portrayal of life in the world of aid volunteers qar the third world.