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The Good Project
Author: Monika Krause

ISBN: 9780226131221
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 7 April 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.8
The sufferings of people around the world invite humanitarian intervention, but in practical terms it's not possible to help everyone. Who gets help, and who does not? Krause reveals here the constraints and organizational routines in NGOs that determine the answer to this question. Hers is the first sociological study of NGOs (such as the International Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Oxfam, CARE, Save the Children). She discovers that the first priority of NGOs is not to help those in need, as such, but to produce projects. Managers try for "good projects" and, since the setting is organizations, they will sometimes appear to propel the career of humanitarian-relief professionals even more than they benefit those who suffer. Krause sketches in some history of how NGOs have come to play a prominent role in global politics, and she shows how their power operates on a global level: populations in need come to the attention of "global civil society" only if they're perceived by an organization as an opportunity to do a good project. The market for projects, we learn, produces a form of indirect domination: the poorest of the world are made to compete against ea...

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