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Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid Paperback – Jul 17 2012
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"Angry, impassioned essays are not the general currency of Canadian non-fiction, so it's refreshing that physician Samantha Nutt breaks the mould with her forthright attack on militarism and misguided aid efforts that exacerbate the poverty and conflict they are meant to solve. . . . Damned Nations is an important read." -- Quill and Quire
About the Author
SAMANTHA NUTT is a medical doctor and Founder/Executive Director of War Child North America. For fifteen years, Dr Nutt has been at the frontline of many of the world's major crises -- from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Congo and Sierra Leone to Darfur. Dr. Nutt was recently named one of Canada's 25 Transformational Canadians by the Globe and Mail, and the World Economic Forum recognized her as one of 200 young global leaders. In 2010, Samantha was awarded the Order of Ontario. Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women's College Hospital in Toronto and an Assistant Professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.See all Product Description
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It is not enough to support 'good' causes. We must adhere to good policy and refuse to exercise apathy. Sam eloquently forces us to reconsider the status quo. She compels us to question the truths that have anchored politics, the practices that characterize charitable giving, the principles on which foreign policy has been built and most important of all, Sam propels us to expect more. To ask more from ourselves, the charities we support, the companies we buy from, the banks with which we invest and the governments we elect.
To define this book as a memoir, or another humanitarian's account of the sector is inaccurate. Damned Nations is the book that all of us who shake our heads at the headlines and who wonder what can be done have been waiting for. It is a manifesto for the next generation of bleeding hearts with brains.
I found Dr. Nutts' thoughts made sense. The militarisation, and politicisation of aid are counter productive to development and can put civilian aid workers at risk.. The book reminds us that there are two kinds of aid, disaster relief, and development. Disaster relief is proving the necessities of life. These needs are made more acute where people very little before the disaster. Development is changing the conditions in a country/area. Changing the conditions is a process that will take years, perhaps a generation (20 years). Development is a hand up. It is education, developing markets for locally produced goods, changing attitudes towards different cultures and gender equality. these things are the basic requirements to bringing about permanent change.
I was reminded me of Ten Thousand Villages which are stores run by the Mennonite Central Committee. They buy goods at fair prices, from local artisans in developing countries and sell them in Canada. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to see foreign aid from a perspective that is rarely shown.
I am not a member or employee of War Child or Ten Thousand Villages. I have shopped at Ten Thousand Villages.
A must read for those interested in international development and aid.
This book should be highly advertised!
th pe author
is modest as witness to such depressing facts about war and women still treated as less than animals.