Imposing Aid: Emergency Assistance to Refugees

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Imposing Aid: Emergency Assistance to Refugees

By B. E. Harrell-Bond
Oxford, 1986
440 pp. $12.95

Drawing on months of fieldwork among Ugandan refugees in the Sudan, the author provides an eye-level account of refugee life and the workings of emergency relief programs. Her conclusions are provocative and valuable: refugees should contribute to the local economy and should be integrated into it; refugees themselves and the local community should plan development projects; and aid should aim at building the local infrastructure for the benefit of both refugees and the original local inhabitants.

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