Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786992673 Will Publish June 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786992680 Will Publish June 2018 For sale in North and South America only

Humanitarian Ethics and Action

Edited by Ayesha Ahmad and James Smith

Humanitarian Ethics and Action

Edited by Ayesha Ahmad and James Smith

Distributed for Zed Books

400 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786992673 Will Publish June 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786992680 Will Publish June 2018 For sale in North and South America only
From natural disaster areas to conflict zones, humanitarian workers today find themselves operating in diverse and difficult environments. While humanitarian work has always presented unique ethical challenges, such efforts are now further complicated by the impact of globalization, the escalating refugee crisis, and mounting criticisms of established humanitarian practice.

Featuring contributions from humanitarian practitioners, health professionals, and social and political scientists, this book explores the question of ethics in modern humanitarian work, drawing on the lived experience of humanitarian workers themselves. Its contributors have worked in some of the most difficult humanitarian situations today, and their experiences provide essential case studies that cover humanitarian work in countries ranging from Haiti and South Sudan to Syria and Iraq. It addresses issues such as gender-based violence, migration, and the growing phenomenon of “volunteer tourism.” Together, these contributions offer new perspectives on humanitarian ethics, as well as insight into how such ethical considerations might inform more effective approaches to humanitarian work.
Review Quotes
Ilan Kelman, Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction, University College London
“Powerfully depicts the ethical challenges pervading a world which deliberately generates so much human suffering through disasters and conflict. The chapters demonstrate what we can do to help, despite the moral entanglements of today’s humanitarian labyrinth.”
Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO, Mercy Corps
“Brings fresh thinking to the field of practical ethics in aid, and helps to bridge the divide between academics and practitioners. It will help field teams with the practical problems that they face in delivering change within today’s highly politicized aid environments.”
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