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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The inevitable conflict and use of aid agencies that arises when wag are a major potential source of income. It is bleak reading: 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.

Marina Morales rated it really liked it Jan 04, We should be generous and open hearted — but match this compassion with a laser-like focus on outcomes and an unsentimental willingness to linds the plug on organisations which fail to deliver the goods for poor people. If you are looking for a source to back negativity towards the aid industry, she linea great substance. The events she talks most about are mop ups in Sierra Leone, Darfur and Rwanda.

Polman, as she freely admits, is stronger on diagnosing problems than proposing cures. I believe that the key principles are real transparency, genuine accountability and a proper focus pplman results. I honestly had expected a list of factoids assembled in an effort only to bash Bush and any other Republicans in power at the time of its publishing.

Seems to me that it can easily become rather disturbing for most poljan the people, who still hold an altruistic vision and believe in the principles of organisations such as the Red Cross. Little did the Red Cross volunteers realize, they had been helping many Hutus, who were gaining food and useful items for dar to further carry out their destruction of the race of Tutsis.


War Games: the Story of Aid and War in Modern Times by Linda Polman: review

From Rwanda to Afghanistan, from Sudan to Iraq, this brilliantly written and at times blackly funny work of reportage shows how the humanitarian aid industry, the media and warmongers the world over are locked in a cycle of mutual support.

Anyone who has ever visited the site of a major, well-publicised and well-funded humanitarian operation will know that they are characterised by waste and duplication.

Preview — War Games by Linda Polman. Yet rather than attempt to analyse the explanations and strategies that they have put forward over the last 15 years — many of them based directly on the experiences of the Goma operation — she seems content to remain on the abstract moral high-ground.

The book ends with a rather embarrass “aid dictionary” which claims to translate aid polmwn into plain English. Jun 20, Jake rated it really liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Polman says that we should demand that aid organisations explain exactly what they are going to achieve and how. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The book flowed really well and didn’t dumb down the issues for the reader.

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Yet, for all its weaknesses, this is a system that has saved and improved the lives of millions of people. It should make all of us think about the moral dilemma in giving pomlan which prolongs and funds conflicts.

Short but very much to the point, this is an examination of the aid industry. The overarching thesis, if I had to boil it down to one salient point, is this: Published May 25th by Viking first published April 19th Paperbackpages.

It’s not as easy as just giving humanitarian aid. Her framing of the quandary along the ethical lines between the deontological imperatives underlying the Red Cross tradition of impartial aid and the utilitarian observation that well-intended actions can actually increase suffering helps illustrate the challenge. Sure, aid can be much more efficient and, sure, all the little NGOs should more often band together and present a united front to avoid being used and abused by those in control of the areas they are trying to provide for, hut Polman annoyingly is very scant on providing solutions, meaning that t Polman is clearly rather embittered about the less than efficient aid industry, judging from the near endless list of anecdotes she parades past.


I was very wrong. Each chapter has a string of anecdotes illustrating their venality, incompetence, naivety or cynicism. If one were to believe the view of humanitarianism painted in this book, one would only see linds white people in business suits the author linea makes the absurd claim that humanitarians are more likely to be ear in suits than in the fieldand that NGOs hire “aid angels” i. A very provocative account on everything that has happened during the years of humanitarian aid supply and distribution.

Yes, organisations that receive our money — whether through taxes or through donations — should be accountable to the people who provided that money.

War Games: The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times by Linda Polman

Jul 15, Saba Malik rated it really liked it. But while the Tutsis wanted nothing linfa than to escape the genocide of the belligerents, aid was being provided by the Red Cross, the biggest of all aid organizations, who’s policy at the time was ‘to provide aid regardless of politics or stance’ or something of the like.

Yet the industry is subject to very little external scrutiny, lacks accountability and is widely believed to often do more harm than good. Be prepared for a long disaster filled history lesson

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