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Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa

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Overview

"A powerful critique of the international humanitarian agencies dominating famine relief in Africa." —Foreign Affairs

"This is unquestionably an important book by a writer whose accomplishments as a researcher, critic and activist on famine and on human rights in Africa are widely respect." —International Affairs

"... de Waal pleads for readers... to probe for a deeper understanding of the ‘political roots of famine’... " —WorldView

"... a well-documented critique that should give pause for serious reflection and serve to instruct both the initiate and the master of famine theory... " —Sociocultural Anthropology

'Famine Crimes is a factually rich, powerfully intelligent, morally important analysis of the persistence of famine in Africa. Alex de Waal lays the blame for Africa’s problems with starvation on the political failings of African governments, western donors, and the misguided policies of international relief agencies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253211583
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: African Issues Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex de Waal is co-director of African Rights, London

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Rights & Entitlements: The Conquest of Famine in South Africa
Africa 1900-85: A Fragile Obligation to Famine Relief
Retreat from Accountability I: Neo-Liberalism & Adjustment
Retreat from Accountability II: The Humanitarian International
Sudan 1972-93: Privatizing Famine
Northern Ethiopia: Revolution, War-Famine & Two Models of Relief
The End of the Cold War: A New Humanitarian Dispensation
Somalia 1991-92: Famine & Relief After the Demise of the State
Humanitarian Impunity: Somalia 1993 & Rwanda 1994
Eastern Zaire 1996: The Fundraisers’ Catastrophe
Political Contracts & Humanitarian Dilemmas

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