Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Realities of Good Intentions

"I fill...in on my background and my current journey to find answers about the truth of aid."

Tori Hogan. Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey into the Realities of International Aid. Seal Press. 2012.

Pompous, yes. Self involved, yes. But in the end, I found a few nuggets made it worth plowing through the tortuous love affair, reminders of personal accomplishments, and stilted dialogue. The breakthrough moments related to the uninspired and demeaning food lines for refugees, the dependencies reinforced by aid, ex-pats sitting around the TV while locals did the dirty work, inspired commitments of aid workers, instances of authentic self reliance, local push back against the aid and NGO regime, and the hopes and dreams of students in refugee camps who inspired this journey. The author certainly conveyed an important journey for herself and the field, not sure she's reach "truth" yet. But, who has?

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