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Doing bad by doing good : why humanitarian action fails

Author: Christopher J Coyne
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford Economics and Finance, an imprint of Stanford University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In 2010, Haiti was ravaged by a brutal earthquake that affected the lives of millions. The call to assist those in need was heard around the globe. Yet two years later humanitarian efforts led by governments and NGOs have largely failed. Resources are not reaching the needy due to bureaucratic red tape, and many assets have been squandered. How can efforts intended to help the suffering fail so badly? In this timely  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher J Coyne
ISBN: 9780804772273 0804772274 9780804772280 0804772282
OCLC Number: 818953141
Description: xiv, 258 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : a living example of the puzzle --
The man of the humanitarian system --
The evolution of humanitarian action --
Adaptability and the planner's problem --
Political competition replaces market competition --
The bureaucracy of humanitarianism --
Killing people with kindness --
Solving the puzzle --
Rethinking the man of the humanitarian system.
Responsibility: Christopher J. Coyne.


Using an economic toolkit, Doing Bad by Doing Good explains why humanitarian efforts that intend to alleviate human suffering fail to succeed, and often cause more harm than good.  Read more...
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"If you seek to assist people in need because of chronic poverty or natural calamities, steer clear of government aid programs and provide the assistance directly or via private organizations. Read more...

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