The alms bazaar
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CTA. 1996. The alms bazaar. Spore 62. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The alms bazaar: altruism under fire - non-profit organizations and international development by lan Smillie 1995 286pp ISBN 1 85339 301 0 IT Publications Ltd. 103- 105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH, UK
Written by an insider, this study of international development agencies covers crises from Biafra to Rwanda, ranges from administrative costs to participatory development, from the bright hopes of the 1960s to the implications of the latest Mexican financial crisis. And it examines a new phenomenon: the transnational mega-charity. The central focus of the book is on the threats to the independence of voluntary organizations. These dangers - from governments, from UN agencies, and from charities themselves are interwoven with other themes: efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, North-South relations, the impact of images used by charities for fund-raising and 'development education'. The author attempts to demystify the world of the NGOs whose projects, as well as their fundraising, research and advocacy networks stretch from Harare to Oslo, from Delhi to Washington. This is a story about lessons of heroism and folly, of bungling and luck and failure - and of achievements that have improved the lives of millions. The alms bazaar: altruism under fire - non-profit organizations and international development by lan Smillie 1995 286pp ISBN 1 85339 301 0 IT Publications Ltd. 103- 105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH, UK