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The Resource Blinded by humanity : inside the UN's humanitarian operations, Martin Barber ; [foreword by Lord Malloch-Brown]

Blinded by humanity : inside the UN's humanitarian operations, Martin Barber ; [foreword by Lord Malloch-Brown]

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Blinded by humanity : inside the UN's humanitarian operations
Title
Blinded by humanity
Title remainder
inside the UN's humanitarian operations
Statement of responsibility
Martin Barber ; [foreword by Lord Malloch-Brown]
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How to respond effectively to humanitarian crises is one of the most pressing and seemingly intractable problems facing the United Nations. Martin Barber, for many years a senior UN official and with decades of humanitarian experience, here argues that the explanation for UN 'failures' or only partial successes lies not with any lack of idealism or good intentions but with the constraints placed on aid workers by ill-considered policies and poor practical application - officials are 'blinded by humanity'. Barber presents an inside story based on personal/hands-on/practical experience in Laos, Thailand, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and, finally, in Abu Dhabi where he advised the UAE government on its aid programme. He tells of internal struggles at head office and the challenges of working in the field. All the major UN activities - and headaches - are here, including refugee work, coordinating humanitarian aid, peacekeeping, the huge problem of 'de-mining', and the complex internal workings of the UN Secretariat. A personal narrative and lessons drawn from direct experience provide the frame for an examination of major questions concerning the future of humanitarian response - how effectively have international institutions discharged their responsibilities towards people affected by conflict? Specifically, how did the UN perform? And how might the UN better help such people in the 21st century? Barber analyses recent policy developments intended to improve the quality and effectiveness of the UN's work in humanitarian fields, and assesses the extent to which recent reforms are likely to make the UN a more effective partner for countries emerging from conflict. In the final chapter he highlights seven 'blind spots' whose significance has been consistently ignored or overlooked, and in each case suggests a radical new approach. Based on decades of personal experience and 'insider access', this will be essential reading for students of international relations and politics as well as for all those directly or indirectly involved with humanitarian issues.--
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Barber, Martin
Dewey number
341.584
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • United Nations
  • United Nations
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Sovereignty
  • Human rights
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Blinded by humanity : inside the UN's humanitarian operations, Martin Barber ; [foreword by Lord Malloch-Brown]
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17587931
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781784530679
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)896613373
Label
Blinded by humanity : inside the UN's humanitarian operations, Martin Barber ; [foreword by Lord Malloch-Brown]
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17587931
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781784530679
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)896613373

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