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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Dec 04, Babak Fakhamzadeh rated it liked it Shelves: The pages of this necessary but contentious book burn with a righteous moral anger about the contradictions and tensions of delivering humanitarian aid in conflict zones.
Attacking humanitarian aid with cliche
It was easy to read in short spurts – a few liinda on the train or a couple quick pages while the kettle was boiling. For every vivid vignette of wasted aid and unintended consequences, it is easy to list counter-vignettes showing the great work of humanitarian aid: The life-and-death nature of humanitarian aid makes gamws harsh lens of scrutiny more necessary, not less.
Interesting though they are, they also quickly feel old. Nevertheless, more recent events which saw relief poor in did see more centrally organized efforts to minimize duplication and waste, the Haiti aftermath being the typical example.
At our debate, Polman admitted that she has never even visited a restaurant in 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 lindz being targeted for a terrorist attack.
Each chapter has a string of anecdotes illustrating their venality, incompetence, naivety or cynicism. A very provocative account on everything that has happened during the years of humanitarian aid supply and distribution. Not an academic read, but she gives the reader a good sense of wwar reality and frustration.
An excellent read and quite an eye opener to the lay person like myself.
Attacking humanitarian aid with cliche | Conor Foley | Opinion | The Guardian
It would be wrong to let such arguments go by default. Sure, aid can be much more efficient and, sure, all the little NGOs should more often band together and present gaames 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 the whole book ends up being little more than a frustrated rant.
Trivia About War Games: While reading this book, I was surprised at myself for not having the presence of mind to previously doubt the intentions and motives of ploman “humanitarian efforts” in countries far away from here, as well.
War Games covers some similar ground — in fact, there is quite a bit of repetition from the previous book — but Polman’s grasp of her poolman seems far less sure this time. Jan 13, Debby Kean rated it it was amazing.
Dominic Goncalves rated it it was amazing Mar 30, We should pllman generous and open hearted — but match this compassion with a laser-like focus on outcomes and an unsentimental liinda to pull the plug on organisations which fail to deliver the goods for poor people. Paperbackpages. Be prepared for a long disaster filled history lesson Wsr 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.
It’s an essential read for anyone pursuing a career in humanitarian aid and who wants to know more about how aid is implemented and practiced.
Open Preview See a Problem? The book flowed really well and didn’t dumb down the issues lidna the reader. 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 in the third world.
Nikolai Lang rated it it was ok Jan 08, Taking potshots at people such as Bono is easy, but cheap — this is a man whose tireless campaigning has, undoubtedly, helped save and ggames the lives of many people around the world. May 11, Andrea rated it it was amazing. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. Jul 21, Naumaan Omair rated it it was amazing.
Sabine Dittrich rated it liked it Mar 22, These two tribes had a long history of bad blood. Polman chucks the metaphorical kitchen sink at humanitarian aid and its workers. About the book itself – it’s rather depressing, and I think the author occasionally takes unnecessary potshots at aid workers’ lifestyles in far-away, war-torn lands, but I have no doubt she is spot-on in her exposure of polmxn corruption and ultimate futility of so-called “aid agencies” and “humanitarian relief efforts.
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War Games: the Story of Aid and War in Modern Times by Linda Polman: review
It’s not as easy as just giving humanitarian aid. Eye-opening look at some of the problems with the aid ‘industry’, I kept reading paragraphs of this aloud and irritating people, highly recommended!
It has been shown that democracies do not suffer from famine and that the amputations in west Africa, during the Sierra Leonan civial war, were fueled by the media’s attention for it. That’s not always t When I told my friend what I was reading his response was a roll of the warr and the comment, “Heaven forbid people try to help somebody without being criticized for it. Polman is clearly rather embittered about the less than efficient aid industry, judging lind the near endless list of anecdotes she parades past.
The merit of such books is that they should force those who believe that aid can do good to respond, rather than just assuming that the arguments for saving lives or reducing poverty are self-apparent.
When I told my friend what I was reading his response was a roll of the eyes and the comment, “Heaven forbid people try to help somebody without being criticized for it.
I laugh because of the absurdity and I am angry because of the constant Catch Short but very much to the point, this is an examination of the aid industry. Published May 25th by Viking first published April 19th Highlights deep corruption in much humanitarian work. The essential gift book ear any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. The inevitable conflict and use of aid agencies that arises when they are a major potential source of income.
For example, the situation in Rwanda that is well known to many first world citizens. Situations like this and many other ethical dilemmas are addressed in this piece.