• Development studies
      March 2015

      Spaces of Aid

      How Cars, Compounds and Hotels Shape Humanitarianism

      by Lisa Smirl

      Aid workers commonly bemoan that the spaces and experiences of working in 'the field' often sit uneasily with the goals they've signed up to: from visiting project sites in air-conditioned Land Cruisers while the intended beneficiaries walk barefoot through the heat, to checking emails from within gated compounds while surrounding communities have no running water. While such observations might seem intuitive, to date no concerted academic or policy study has dealt with the impact of these factors on theory or policy. Spaces of Aid provides the first book-length analysis of what has colloquially been referred to as Aid Land, exploring in depth two high-profile case studies - the Aceh tsunami and Hurricane Katrina - in order to uncover a fascinating history of the material objects that have become an endemic, expected, yet unexamined part of the aid landscape.

    • Regional & area planning
      November 2010

      Urban Planning after War, Disaster and Disintegration

      Case Studies

      by Author(s): John Yarwood

      This book concerns the relationship between urban planning (and similar things) on the one hand, and war, natural disaster and societal or political disintegration on the other. The supposition is that one may mitigate the other. The book recounts the author’s professional experience of specific cases of disaster (earthquake and flood) in the Philippines, war in Bosnia, Afghanistan and South Sudan, and disintegration in Albania and Ireland. He identifies the key themes in urban and regional planning which these case studies illustrate.The themes include (a) the delivery of building land with site preparation, infrastructure and property rights; (b) the size and amount of plots able to match both demographic projections and wealth distribution; (c) the creation of a property market able to deliver affordable land and buildings to match demand, encourage investment and further the development of the economy; (d) the spatial or geographic adjustment of institutional patterns to reflect the components of identity—making for ‘fuzzy’ sovereignty; (e) a form of organisation which leads to effective project management and implementation, and so on. The view is taken that lack of suitable development land supply, a land market unable to deliver affordable property to the people and unable to support economic growth, and a spatial-institutional pattern unable to match key aspects of identity, are all causes of war as well as societal or political decline.The book contains many drawings prepared by the author, including plans of urban projects described in the text. It will be of interest particularly to architects, town planners, municipal engineers and civil engineers, urban administrators, urban economists, politicians, diplomats, soldiers, and staff of NGOs and international agencies.

    • Regional & area planning
      November 2010

      Urban Planning after War, Disaster and Disintegration

      Case Studies

      by Author(s): John Yarwood

      This book concerns the relationship between urban planning (and similar things) on the one hand, and war, natural disaster and societal or political disintegration on the other. The supposition is that one may mitigate the other. The book recounts the author’s professional experience of specific cases of disaster (earthquake and flood) in the Philippines, war in Bosnia, Afghanistan and South Sudan, and disintegration in Albania and Ireland. He identifies the key themes in urban and regional planning which these case studies illustrate.The themes include (a) the delivery of building land with site preparation, infrastructure and property rights; (b) the size and amount of plots able to match both demographic projections and wealth distribution; (c) the creation of a property market able to deliver affordable land and buildings to match demand, encourage investment and further the development of the economy; (d) the spatial or geographic adjustment of institutional patterns to reflect the components of identity—making for ‘fuzzy’ sovereignty; (e) a form of organisation which leads to effective project management and implementation, and so on. The view is taken that lack of suitable development land supply, a land market unable to deliver affordable property to the people and unable to support economic growth, and a spatial-institutional pattern unable to match key aspects of identity, are all causes of war as well as societal or political decline.The book contains many drawings prepared by the author, including plans of urban projects described in the text. It will be of interest particularly to architects, town planners, municipal engineers and civil engineers, urban administrators, urban economists, politicians, diplomats, soldiers, and staff of NGOs and international agencies.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2009

      Banana Man

      The Inspirational Story of How One Man's Mission to Save a Child Led Him to Become an Accidental Father to a Thousand More

      by Kevin Allen

      As Kevin Allen sat and watched TV one cold, wet evening, he had no idea his life was about to change forever. Six days later he was standing in Zululand desperately searching for a young orphaned boy... Join him on his incredible five-year journey as he becomes a reluctant hero to a forgotten Zulu community and an accidental father to thousands of desperate children. This powerful and inspiring story shows how an ordinary man made an extraordinary difference.

    • Aid & relief programmes
      September 2000

      Technology For Humanitarian Action

      Meditations On the Political and the Biopolitical

      by Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

      Humanitarian workers around the world struggle under dangerous conditions. Yet many do not have the technological tools readily available elsewhere to help them realize their mission to provide essential services and save lives. This book is a practical guide to current technologies that can help relief and humanitarian aid workers succeed. Designed to facilitate technology transfer to the humanitarian sector, the essays focus on areas where technology is underused and predict where new technological advances may be applied to relief efforts. The essays cover essential areas: communications technology and infrastructure support and security, from personal identification and tagging systems and computer-aided language to mine removal and energy generation.

    • Aid & relief programmes
      November 2000

      Human Security For All

      A Tribute to Sergio Vieira de Mello

      by Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

      The tragic death in Baghdad in 2003 of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, brought into bitter relief the challenges faced by peacekeepers and humanitarian aid workers. The contributors to this book, all leading scholars and practitioners, offer invaluable perspectives on many of the most important political, legal, social, and military challenges confronting humanitarian aid in a world of terror and conflict. These original essays explore such topics as human rights and the rights of the displaced, working with local communities to rebuild viable governance, justice, and the rule of law, and maintaining safe spaces for humanitarian relief programs in zones of conflict.

    • Aid & relief programmes
      November 2000

      Human Security For All

      A Tribute to Sergio Vieira de Mello

      by Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

      The tragic death in Baghdad in 2003 of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, brought into bitter relief the challenges faced by peacekeepers and humanitarian aid workers. The contributors to this book, all leading scholars and practitioners, offer invaluable perspectives on many of the most important political, legal, social, and military challenges confronting humanitarian aid in a world of terror and conflict. These original essays explore such topics as human rights and the rights of the displaced, working with local communities to rebuild viable governance, justice, and the rule of law, and maintaining safe spaces for humanitarian relief programs in zones of conflict.

    • Aid & relief programmes
      September 2000

      Technology For Humanitarian Action

      Meditations On the Political and the Biopolitical

      by Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

      Humanitarian workers around the world struggle under dangerous conditions. Yet many do not have the technological tools readily available elsewhere to help them realize their mission to provide essential services and save lives. This book is a practical guide to current technologies that can help relief and humanitarian aid workers succeed. Designed to facilitate technology transfer to the humanitarian sector, the essays focus on areas where technology is underused and predict where new technological advances may be applied to relief efforts. The essays cover essential areas: communications technology and infrastructure support and security, from personal identification and tagging systems and computer-aided language to mine removal and energy generation.

    • Autobiography: historical, political & military

      Exile in Israel

      A Personal Journey With the Palestinians

      by Runa. Mackay

      A personal perspective on the Middle East is offered by the author of this autobiography, who recounts her experiences over a 40-year period as a doctor working in Israel, Lebanon and the occupied territories. It is an uncompromising account of life and politics as viewed by an outsider.;Runa Mackay gives her own views of political situations such as the Six Days War, the birth of the Intifada, Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and the Israeli deportation of Palestinians living in the occupied territories, as seen through the eyes of a doctor attending the victims of war and exile.

    • History: specific events & topics

      Entangled in Yugoslavia

      An Outsiders Memoir

      by Stephanie Allen-Early

      Entangled in Yugoslavia – an Outsider’s Memoir is a compelling personal memoir as well as a portrait of a collapsing society. A Foreign Service wife returns to Belgrade – the scene of a previous posting – to find that the society she knew before as a peaceful, stable place under socialism, is caught up in political upheaval. Caught up in the psychological turmoil, she finds release while participating in the international relief effort, working for Unicef to deliver supplies to war-torn areas. The author travelled extensively in all the republics of the former Yugoslavia - both before and during the civil war. Her account of events relies on the testimonies of people coming from different national and class groups.

    • Genocide & ethnic cleansing
      January 2017

      Humanitarian aid, genocide and mass killings

      Médecins Sans Frontières, the Rwandan experience, 1982–97

      by Jean-Hervé Bradol. Series edited by Bertrand Taithe

      Throughout the 1990s, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was forced to face the challenges posed by the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis and a succession of outbreaks of political violence in Rwanda and its neighbouring countries. Humanitarian workers were confronted with the execution of almost one million people, tens of thousands of casualties pouring into health centres, the flight of millions of people who had sought refuge in camps and a series of deadly epidemics. Drawing on various hitherto unpublished private and public archives, this book recounts the experiences of the MSF teams working in the field. It is intended for humanitarian aid practitioners, students, journalists and researchers with an interest in genocide and humanitarian studies and the political sociology of international organisations.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      January 2017

      Humanitarian aid, genocide and mass killings

      The Rwandan Experience

      by Jean-Hervé Bradol, Marc Le Pape, Bertrand Taithe

      Throughout the 1990s, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was forced to face the challenges posed by the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis and a succession of outbreaks of political violence in Rwanda and its neighbouring countries. Humanitarian workers were confronted with the execution of almost one million people, tens of thousands of casualties pouring into health centres, the flight of millions of people who had sought refuge in camps and a series of deadly epidemics. Drawing on various hitherto unpublished private and public archives, this book recounts the experiences of the MSF teams working in the field. It is intended for humanitarian aid practitioners, students, journalists and researchers with an interest in genocide and humanitarian studies and the political sociology of international organisations.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      January 2017

      Humanitarian aid, genocide and mass killings

      The Rwandan Experience

      by Jean-Hervé Bradol, Marc Le Pape, Bertrand Taithe

      Introduction: through the eyes of field teams' members 1. From the persecution of Kinyarwanda speakers in Uganda to the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis 2. Rwandan refugee camps in Tanzania and Zaire, 1994-5 3. The new Rwanda 4. Refugees on the run in war-torn Zaire, 1996-7 Epilogue: the effectiveness of aid in the face of repeated mass atrocities Index

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      January 2017

      Humanitarian aid, genocide and mass killings

      The Rwandan Experience

      by Jean-Hervé Bradol, Marc Le Pape, Bertrand Taithe

      Introduction: through the eyes of field teams' members 1. From the persecution of Kinyarwanda speakers in Uganda to the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis 2. Rwandan refugee camps in Tanzania and Zaire, 1994-5 3. The new Rwanda 4. Refugees on the run in war-torn Zaire, 1996-7 Epilogue: the effectiveness of aid in the face of repeated mass atrocities Index

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      March 2000

      Some Buildings Just Can't Dance

      Politics, Life Safety, and Disaster

      by Richard Stewart Olson, Robert A. Olson, Vincent T. Gawronski

      This book places Oakland's public policy response (nine major ordinances) to building damage suffered in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in a full historical and intergovernmental context. Using a combined non-decision making and advocacy coalition approach, the book demonstrates how and why hazardous-structure abatement was kept off the local political agenda prior to the Loma Prieta disaster. The book then demonstrates how and why city government in Oakland became proactive on the problem of earthquake-damaged and, more importantly, earthquake-vulnerable buildings in general after the disaster.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      April 2019

      A history of humanitarianism, 1775–1989

      In the name of others

      by Silvia Salvatici, Bertrand Taithe

      The book traces the history of international humanitarianism from the anti-slavery movement to the end of the cold war. It is based on an extensive survey of the international literature and is retold in an original narrative that relies on a close examination of the sources. The reconstruction of humanitarianism's long history unfolds around some crucial moments and events: the colonial expansion of European countries, the two world wars and their aftermaths, the emergence of a new postcolonial order. In terms of its contents, narrative style, interpretative approach the book is aimed at a large and diverse public including: scholars who are studying and teaching humanitarianism; students who need to learn about humanitarianism as part of their training or research; operators and volunteers who are engaged in the field; non-specialist readers who are interested in the topic because of its relevance to current events.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      April 2019

      A history of humanitarianism, 1775–1989

      In the name of others

      by Silvia Salvatici, Bertrand Taithe

      The book traces the history of international humanitarianism from the anti-slavery movement to the end of the cold war. It is based on an extensive survey of the international literature and is retold in an original narrative that relies on a close examination of the sources. The reconstruction of humanitarianism's long history unfolds around some crucial moments and events: the colonial expansion of European countries, the two world wars and their aftermaths, the emergence of a new postcolonial order. In terms of its contents, narrative style, interpretative approach the book is aimed at a large and diverse public including: scholars who are studying and teaching humanitarianism; students who need to learn about humanitarianism as part of their training or research; operators and volunteers who are engaged in the field; non-specialist readers who are interested in the topic because of its relevance to current events.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      April 2019

      A history of humanitarianism, 1775–1989

      In the name of others

      by Silvia Salvatici, Bertrand Taithe

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2007

      Banana Man

      The Inspirational Story of How One Man's Mission to Save a Child Led Him to Become an Accidental Father to a Thousand More

      by Kevin Allen

      As Kevin Allen sat and watched TV one cold wet evening, he had no idea his life was about to change forever! Six days later he was standing in Africa desperately searching for a young Zulu boy to save his life. Join him on his incredible two-year journey as he becomes a reluctant hero to a forgotten Zulu community and an accidental father to a thousand desperate children. ;

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