The Alms Bazaar: Altruism Under Fire : Non-profit Organizations and International Development

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Intermediate Technology Publications, 1995 - Business & Economics - 286 pages
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Written by an insider, this study of international development agencies ranges from Biafra to Rwanda, from administrative costs to participatory development, from the bright hopes of the 1960s to the implications of the latest Mexican financial crisis. The phenomenon of the transnational mega-charity is examined as are the threats to the independence of voluntary organizations from governments, UN agencies and from charities themselves. This is also a story about lessons of heroism and folly, of bungling and luck and failure - and of achievements that have improved the lives of millions.

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Ian Smillie is an Ottawa-based development consultant and writer. He has lived and worked widely in Africa and Asia, and his knowledge of Bangladesh spans more than three decades. Author of several books on international development, he was a founder of the Canadian development organization, Inter Pares, and was Executive Director of CUSO. In addition to his other work, he is associated with the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University and serves as Research Coordinator on Partnership Africa Canada's 'Diamonds and Human Security Project'. He is a participant in the intergovernmental 'Kimberley Process,' which has developed a global certification system for rough diamonds.

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