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Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs

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Winner of the 2015 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology

After Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, over half of U.S. households donated to thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in that country. Yet we continue to hear stories of misery from Haiti. Why have NGOs failed at their mission?

Set in Haiti during
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 24th 2012 by Rutgers University Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Purple Iris
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history-politics
Overall, this is a good book. It's a comparison of two NGO's in Haiti, the ways they interact with the people they are meant to help and the ways in which they are impacted by their donors. From this comparison, Schuller extrapolates to reflect upon the aid business in general and I pretty much agree with what he has to say on that front.

However, there are a few things about this book that bothered me. It's a good book, but not as good as I expected. I guess my expectations were too high. Also,
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EmpressKoh
I read a few chapters from this book as part of a university class. Since I did not read the entire book, I feel a rating would be misguided, but I digress. This tells the story of how Haiti was after the earthquake, more specifically how the NGO aid they were supposed to be receiving never seemed to find their way into the people hands, and instead, NGOs in Haiti often acted as 'fiefdoms' in Haiti. This book was realtively easy to follow, except, Schuller spent years in Haiti before and after t ...more
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