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The Politics Of Humanity
The Politics Of Humanity: The Reality of Relief Aid by John Holmes

John Holmes was the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs from 2007 until 2010. His work took him to some of the most troubled areas of the world: to Sri Lanka, Darfur, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among other places, and exposed him to the harsh realities of humanitarian aid.

Frequently he found that the UN's humanitarian programmes in these hotspots were tolerated but consistently undermined and mistrusted by both sides in any conflict, and its efforts to protect civilians and provide humanitarian relief frustrated by people working for purely political ends.

Clear-eyed about the realities of development aid, Holmes realised early on that his role was to be a voice to the voiceless. THE POLITICS OF HUMANITY exposes, in often depressing detail, how difficult this job is, as well as analysing and exploring in great depth the wider policy questions of his role.

Head of Zeus * Current Affairs
01 Mar 2013 * 416pp * £8.99 * 9781781852088
'Offers a glimpse into the workings of the global humanitarian machinery; at the same time it is a frank and engaging contribution to the debate on the efficacy of humanitarianism'
John Holmes
John Holmes
John Holmes worked in the Foreign Office for 34 years, finishing as Ambassador in Paris, before taking up the role of UN USG for Humanitarian Affairs in 2007.