The Good Project: Humanitarian Relief Ngos And The Fragmentation Of Reason

Paperback | June 20, 2014

byMonika Krause

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NGOs set out to save lives, relieve suffering, and service basic human needs. They are committed to serving people across national borders and without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, or religion, and they offer crucial help during earthquakes, tsunamis, wars, and pandemics. But with so many ailing areas in need of assistance, how do these organizations decide where to go—and who gets the aid?

In The Good Project, Monika Krause dives into the intricacies of the decision-making process at NGOs and uncovers a basic truth: It may be the case that relief agencies try to help people but, in practical terms, the main focus of their work is to produce projects. Agencies sell projects to key institutional donors, and in the process the project and its beneficiaries become commodities. In an effort to guarantee a successful project, organizations are incentivized to help those who are easy to help, while those who are hardest to help often receive no assistance at all. The poorest of the world are made to compete against each other to become projects—and in exchange they offer legitimacy to aid agencies and donor governments. Sure to be controversial, The Good Project offers a provocative new perspective on how NGOs succeed and fail on a local and global level.

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NGOs set out to save lives, relieve suffering, and service basic human needs. They are committed to serving people across national borders and without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, or religion, and they offer crucial help during earthquakes, tsunamis, wars, and pandemics. But with so many ailing areas in need of assistance, how do...

Monika Krause teaches sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:June 20, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022613136X

ISBN - 13:9780226131368

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. In Pursuit of the Good Project
2. Beneficiaries as a Commodity
3. The Logframe and the History of the Market for Projects
4. The History of Humanitarian Authority and the Divisions of the Humanitarian Field
5. The Reform of Humanitarianism
6. What about Human Rights?

Conclusion

Appendix on Methods
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

“With this theoretically ambitious and empirically rich account of the practices of humanitarian relief organizations, The Good Project makes a powerful case for focusing on relief organizations themselves rather than assuming that they function as vehicles for the ideals and interests of either donors or states.”