Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in AfricaPaperback African Issues
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- Publisher: James Currey
- Format: Paperback | 258 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 20mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 June 1997
- Publication City/Country: Oxford
- ISBN 10: 0852558104
- ISBN 13: 9780852558102
- Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 426,427
This study argues that humanitarian relief work is a certain kind of political action, and that technical solutions must be evaluated within a political context.
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'Famine Crimes is without question the most important intervention in the broad field of famine prevention since the publication of Amartya Sen's Poverty and Famine almost twenty years ago.' - Michael Watts in Development & Change 'This is unquestionably an important book by a writer whose accomplishments as a researcher, critic and activist on famine and on human rights in Africa are widely respected. It is also a book which is causing distress and anger in some humanitarian organizations.' - John Harriss in International Affairs 'If Famine Crimes does not have all the answers, it nevertheless poses many key questions, and it does so by means of a readable, provocative and empirical analysis of crises with which the author has been passionately involved. It is a powerful critique of current practices that will be a milestone in the literature on aid and conflict.' - David Keen in The Times Literary Supplement
Table of contents
Rights and entitlements; the conquest of famine in Africa 1900-1985; a fragile obligation to famine relief; retreat from accountability I; neo-liberalism and adjustment; retreat from accountability II; the humanitarian international - Sudan 1972-93; privatizinf famine - Northern Ethiopia; revolution, war-famine and two models of relief - the end of the Cold War; a new humanitarian dispensation - Somalia 1991-92; famine and relief after the state - humanitarian impunity; Somalia 1993 and Rwanda 1991-92; Eastern Zaire 1996 - the fundraisers' catastrophe; political contracts and humanitarian dilemmas.