Reading for relaxation and development



These books have been recommended by fellow aid-workers as being useful for work and play. They are an eclectic mix, for sure, and probably not best suited for that relaxing R&R beach break. You are also unlikely to find them in bookshops or at airports.

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Absolute Disaster

Absolute Disaster explores ninety-nine commonly held misconceptions about natural disasters, and answers questions such as ... Can mobile phones help calculate how many people have died in an earthquake? Does teaching children to swim help them survive a flood? Can cholera be predicted from space? Do disasters result in baby booms? Is sending relief supplies always the right response? Does coordination work? If charity represents how people would like the world to work, then Absolute Disaster shows how it actually does. An invaluable contribution to the field of disaster management. Dr. Peter Walker (Former Director, Feinstein Center, Tufts University)

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Enlightenment Now

By its very nature, our work focuses on some of humankindís worst problems and itís easy to feel that the world is becoming a steadily worse place to live. This book presents a compelling case that the opposite is actually true - even in many of the places humanitarians work - and that all of humankindís problems are solvable. I found it both thought provoking and encouraging Simon Manning

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The Culture Map

The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries by Erin Meyer

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A Bed For The Night

David Rieff's compelling 2002 book reveals how humanitarian organisations, having lost sight of their purpose and having allowed a gap to grow between their noble ambitions and actual capabilities, must reclaim their independence.

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Emergency Sex

Brutal and moving in equal measure, Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures) explores the West's indifference to developing countries and the UN's repeated failure to intervene decisively. Beautifully and poignantly written, the book provoked massive controversy on its initial publication in 2006.