Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid

Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid

Famine and Foreigners Ethiopia Since Live Aid The Ethiopian famine of years ago was the greatest humanitarian disaster of the late th century killing than people before the world took notice Peter Gill was the first journalist to re

  • Title: Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid
  • Author: Peter Gill
  • ISBN: 9780199569847
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Ethiopian famine of 25 years ago was the greatest humanitarian disaster of the late 20th century, killing than 600,000 people before the world took notice Peter Gill was the first journalist to reach the epicenter of the famine in 1984 and he returned at the time of Live Aid to research the definitive account of the disaster, A Year in the Death of Africa.Now, inThe Ethiopian famine of 25 years ago was the greatest humanitarian disaster of the late 20th century, killing than 600,000 people before the world took notice Peter Gill was the first journalist to reach the epicenter of the famine in 1984 and he returned at the time of Live Aid to research the definitive account of the disaster, A Year in the Death of Africa.Now, in Famine and Foreigners, Gill returns to Ethiopia to piece together the real story of the last 25 years, drawing on interviews with leading Ethiopians and with an army of foreign aid officials He conducted extensive interviews with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and the leading development economists, Joseph E Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs Most important of all, Gill has traveled throughout the country and interviewed scores of Ethiopia s dignified but still hungry farmers What stands out in these pages are the graphic encounters with these Ethiopians the supposed beneficiaries of western aid who still struggle on the knife edge of existence What also emerges is the often tense relationship between official aid givers and recipients whether in the area of economic reform or the modern demands for governance and political change Twenty five years on, we can say that we did feed the world But did we change the face of poverty, did we close the gap between rich and poor, did we fulfill the promise of development A generation after Live Aid, this book questions whether any of world s big promises are being fulfilled Have aid experts got it right Are recipient countries allowed to pursue their own vision Is democracy essential for banishing poverty Now that the West faces its own economic challenges, it is time to ask whether the development era may be coming to an end.

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    I cannot praise this book enough. Usually I am wary of journalists who purport expertise in international relations. Too often, they take limited experience of a few days visit to a trouble zone as reason to pontificate at length on whole cultures and histories.In Gill's case, he knows his limitations and he caveats his on-the-ground experiences sufficiently that one soon finds one trusting his judgement on the big issues - especially on his report of the growing critique in the academy of the v [...]

    An illuminating report from a beat reporter whose beat is Ethiopian famine. I benefited from Gill's knowledge of the peoples, politicians, and geography of Ethiopia, and his dogged attempts to be fair to almost all sides. I say "almost" because he offered neither wisdom nor fairness toward anything American, governmental or otherwise, and because he obviously had his pet charities (whose rivals had little or no room to respond). Moreover, what hooked me into buying this book was the chance of a [...]

    Based on a journalist's experience and account of the current state in Ethiopia since the 1984 famine that brought global attention, triggering initiatives like Band Aid, Live Aid and USA for Africa, it covers the work and stance of various internal and external organisations highlighting the push for developmental aid as opposed to relief aid, conditional aid requiring market reforms and "proper" governance structure, how charitable organisations appear to exagerate situations to ensure its via [...]

    Through its journalistic approach, this book provides tremendous insight into the historical complexities of foreign aid to Ethiopia and the Ethiopian government's efforts to eradicate poverty. Peter Gill has a point of view, but his interviews with Meles and other Ethiopian officials, leaders of development and humanitarian organizations, and rural Ethiopians allowed me to see past and present controversies from multiple perspectives. Gill offers no simple solutions, but any foreigner wishing t [...]

    A great insight into the dynamics of humanitarian assistance. Foreign government agendas, International organisation philosophies, local government aspirations, indigenous organisations visions, and the peoples plight intricate balance of affairs in saving humanity.

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