Humanitarian ReliefPosted by: admin | Posted on: July 15, 2008
Are we really doing the right thing? Are we really helping the situation? Does the first world really need to interfere with the third world? Are our humanitarian efforts working, are the wise or are we worsening some situations, while trying to solve others?
These and many other questions are in debate, as the world becomes closer together and humanitarian efforts to bring the third world into the first world are more difficult than ever imagined. So often we find in NGOs go out to help in a humanitarian crisis and actually worsen the situation, as they waste money and then eventually quit without fulfilling their mission leaving a greater problem of unintended consequences behind.
No we are not here to condemn, only to find solutions and stay within the realm of reality in doing so. Is there an easy way? No, probably not. Should we give up hope or should we stop trying? No, that is not an option either. Thus we need to stop and step back and consider all the interrelated details and deal with these issues correctly and systematically and find methods that are indeed the best for all concerned. In this book we discuss some of the problems and pitfalls of many of the large-scale humanitarian efforts and the results, both good and bad.
Indeed there does not seem to be any silver bullet and there is always something that comes up unexpected such as locust plagues, volcanoes or AIDS in places like Africa as we teach natives agriculture and drill wells for dwindling water supplies. I hope you will enjoy this intellectual exercise while reading all my articles on Humanities and consider all the implications and more importantly put on your thinking cap to find solutions.