Disaster and Development: The Politics of Humanitarian Aid

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Pluto Press, Nov 20, 1997 - Business & Economics - 202 pages
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As "natural" disasters increase in frequency and scale, the cost of humanitarian assistance elbows development budgets aside. Catastrophes force aid agencies to look for immediate relief for the victims of apparently no-fault natural disasters. But how far is it possible to view such disasters as natural? This text argues that we allow ourselves to ignore the political dimensions of humanitarian aid and disaster relief, which operate as part of a far wider global battle for resources and markets. It highlights the links between disaster, aid, development and relief, placing case studies in the context of the globalization of the economy, the "free" market ideology of the industrialized nations, the rapacity of financial short-termism and the rise of new forms of colonialism.;The book examines seven recent and, in some cases, continuing major disasters, and analyzes the political agendas that can be said to be common to all these disasters. It then puts forward a political framework for humanitarian aid, reviewing the possible consequences, the political issues to be addressed and possible ways forward.
  

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Contents

1 The Blaikie et al model for the progression
13
Hot and Cold Running Trade Wars
16
Tables
22
Somalia
35
Kenya
51
Sudan
69
Mozambique
82
Rwanda
98
Afghanistan
118
Deus ex Machina or Devil in the Detail
143
Notes
169
Maps and Figures
182
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Neil Middleton is a publisher and an author. His books include The Language of Christian Revolution, The Best of I F Stone's Weekly and (also with Phil O'Keefe) Tears of the Crocodile. He has written numerous articles on the politics of development and is the associate editor for the Irish Times annual Development Supplement. Phil O'Keefe is the director of ETC, a UK based consultancy for development programmes, and Reader in Environmental Management at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He has written widely on issues relating to the politics of 'development' and aid.

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