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World Disasters Report 2006 – Focus on neglected crises by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
December 19, 2006, 10:22 pm
Filed under: Book reviews, If you have 30 mins

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has released their annual World Disasters Report. It is not available for download, but is usually a gripping read, and the chapter summaries can be downloaded. This year their focus is ‘neglected crises’, the so-called ‘forgotten emergencies’. It could be a useful advocacy tool.

Despite the rhetoric on good donorship and the mushrooming of the international aid reform industry, millions remain consigned to the shadows of unfashionable crises and disasters. For them, every day is a lottery to live or die. This report is a passionate critique of why this is still the case. It is essential reading for those impatient for faster change.

Mukesh Kapila, former Head of Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs, UK Department for International Development

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