Editions. War Games . Linda Polman ‘Polman shines a light on the multibillion dollar juggernaut that is today’s humanitarian aid network. But as Linda Polman’s War Games reveals, the delivery of aid can often have unintended consequences. Relying on decades of experience as. Conor Foley: Of course there are problems with the aid industry, but books like Linda Polman’s War Games only simplify the debate.

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Seems to me that it can easily become rather disturbing for most of the people, who still hold an altruistic vision and believe in the principles of organisations such as the Red Cross.

War Games: The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times by Linda Polman

Many of these points are familiar to those immersed in the aid world, but Polman has done a good job in bringing them to wider attention. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

In her chapter on Afghanistanfor example, she refers to civilian aircraft “climbing steeply to get beyond the range of Taliban rockets”. In this brilliant eye witness account of the humanitarian aid industry, wxr Linda Polman gives us a glimpse into the problems faced by humanitarians all over the yames whilst trying to prevent and alleviate human suffering.

There does not seem to have been an expat war-zone bar or luxury hotel in which Polman has not stopped to gather evidence, eavesdropped a conversation or noted a double-standard. Bottom line – it had to be said. Anyone who has ever visited the site of a major, well-publicised and well-funded humanitarian operation will know that they are characterised by waste and duplication. NGO’s cannot and should not be apolitical.


The author also fails to distinguish between amateur non-professional NGOs i. Nikolai Lang rated it it was ok Jan 08, War Games has rightly been compared to Pllman Aid — although Dambisa Moyo specifically exempts humanitarian aid from her “shock therapy” proposal — and it will appeal to a similar readership. Yet, with the exception gamrs Liberia and Sierra Leone, where she used to live and work, she rarely seems to have ventured into the field herself, nor does she seem particularly tuned into the debates that have taken place within and about the profession in recent years.


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All the more reason to let countries, their people and, most importantly, their own governments, solve their problems as opposed to the international aid community trying to solve their problems for them. Jan 13, Debby Kean rated it it was amazing. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.

War Games: The Story Of Aid And War In Modern Times

About the book itself – it’s rather depressing, and I think the author occasionally takes unnecessary potshots at aid workers’ lifestyles in far-away, war-torn lands, but I have no doubt she is spot-on in her exposure of the corruption and ultimate futility of so-called “aid agencies” and “humanitarian relief efforts. Little ploman the Red Cross popman realize, they had been helping many Hutus, who were gaining food and useful items for trading to further carry out their destruction of the race of Tutsis.

Not an academic read, but she gives the reader a good sense of on-the-ground reality polmna frustration. That’s not always the case, but this is merely a small part of the book.

Once read, you are bound to doubt western humanitarian complex. Worth every reader’s time. Polman, as she freely admits, is stronger on diagnosing problems than proposing cures.

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One of the most interesting book I’ve read recently. Her book deserves to be taken seriously.

This is a preaching-to-the-converted sort of book. Books by Linda Polman. Yet rather than attempt to analyse the explanations and strategies that they gamrs put forward over the last 15 years — many of them based directly on the experiences of the Goma operation — she seems content to remain on the abstract moral high-ground.


Great expose of the development environment and how it is practiced. Aid agencies also have growing political clout, playing a leading role in shaping foreign policies of western governments towards humanitarian crises — sometimes even helping to trigger foreign military interventions.

This is not news. I was very excited to read this book, and have to say that I felt very let down by it. It encourages the reader to think about media reporting on humanitarian crises, and to ask the right questions. It was easy to read in short wad – a few pages on the train or a couple quick pages while the kettle was boiling.

Attacking humanitarian aid with cliche

Anyone who has spent time in a war zone knows that aid gets diverted. An excellent read and quite an eye opener to the lay person pooman myself. It’s an essential read for anyone pursuing a career in humanitarian aid and who wants to know more about how aid is implemented and practiced. Be prepared for a long disaster filled history lesson From Rwanda to Afghanistan, from Sudan to Iraq, this brilliantly written and at times blackly funny work of reportage shows how the humanitarian aid industry, the media and warmongers the oolman over are wra in a cycle of mutual support.

If you’ve ever thought about donating or helping for an international cause, especially when it comes to material aid, have a look at this book. This gives what could and should have been a really interesting book a rather insubstantial feeling.

Polman is clearly rather embittered about the less than efficient aid industry, judging from the near endless list of anecdotes she parades past.