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Linda Polman is an Amsterdam-based journalist who for fifteen years has reported from war zones for a range of European radio stations and newspapers. She is the author of We Did Nothing, which was shortlisted for the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage.
The book is a very quick and easy read.
Polman's reporting shows us that NGOs often may be doing more harm than good, supporting genocide, dictators and the very evil that they supposedly should abhor.
As these organizations become more and more just like any other business, we supporters must become more and more the conscientious customer.
This was an excellent book! Great information on the topic. Got for a graduate course that I withdrew from but ended up reading it on my own afterwords. Well worth it! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ima Good Student
Linda Polman is an experienced journalist in humanitarian zones. This book illustrates how the best intentions go astray. Highly recommendePublished 10 months ago by Miles Wortman
I am all for charity, and spent some time, money and resources on finding and helping people who are in need. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Emi
Scenes of poor people after a natural disaster, war or ethnic cleansing may pull at our hearstrings and we feel compelled to donate to NGOs to help these people. Read morePublished 17 months ago by The g Factor
The author does an excellent job of answering the question she poses in the title: what is wrong with humanitarian aid? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Donegal
Some clear and punchy points are made in this book. A good read overall and it's nice to read a book that provides a different perspective over the efficacy of first-phase... Read morePublished 20 months ago by NS
so i purchased this book for my class at school. all the info was there and i used it like it should have been. shipping was great.Published 23 months ago by LEONSK
This book was a critical, but much needed, look into the world of humanitarian aid. I have volunteered abroad over 5 years and agree with much of what the author is divulging. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Ken MC
I was very much looking forward to this book, as I share the author's critique of the aid world. Unfortunately, the author missed an opportunity to write a measured critique that... Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Bess Rothenberg