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Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa (African Issues)

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: James Currey (Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852558112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852558119
  • Package Dimensions: 21.3 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,633,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Poses many key questions, and it does so by means of a readable, provocative and empirical analysis of crises with which the author has been passionately involved. It is a powerful critique of current practices that will be a milestone in the literature on aid and conflict. --Times Literary Supplement

An important book by a writer whose accomplishments as a researcher, critic and activist on famine and on human rights in Africa are widely respected. --International Affairs

Without question the most important intervention in the broad field of famine prevention since the publication of Amartya Sen's Poverty and Famine. --Development & Change --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Famine is preventable. The persistence of famine reflects political failings by African governments, western donors and international relief agencies. Can Africa avoid famine? When freedom from famine is a basic right or a political imperative, famine is prevented. Case studies from Ethiopia to Botswana demonstrate African successes - but they are often not acknowledged or repeated. Who is responsible for the failures? African generals and politicians are the prime culprits for creating famines in Sudan, Somalia and Zaire, but western donors abet their authoritarianism, partly through imposing structural adjustment programmes. What is the role of International relief agencies? Despite prodigious expenditure and high public profile, relief agencies often do more harm than good. From Biafra to Rwanda, relief has helped to fuel war and undermine democratic accountability. As the influence and resources of UN agencies and NGOs have grown, the chances for effective local solutions have diminished. What is the way forward? Humanitarian intervention and other high-profile relief operations have failed. Progress lies in bringing the fight against famine into democratic politics, and calling to account those guilty of creating famine.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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