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Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and Ngosby Mark Schuller
Synopses & Reviews
After Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, over half of U.S. households donated to thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in that country. Yet we continue to hear stories of misery from Haiti. Why have NGOs failed at their mission?
Set in Haiti during the 2004 coup and aftermath and enhanced by research conducted after the 2010 earthquake, Killing with Kindness analyzes the impact of official development aid on recipient NGOs and their relationships with local communities. Written like a detective story, the book offers rich enthnographic comparisons of two Haitian women’s NGOs working in HIV/AIDS prevention, one with public funding (including USAID), the other with private European NGO partners. Mark Schuller looks at participation and autonomy, analyzing donor policies that inhibit these goals. He focuses on NGOs’ roles as intermediaries in “gluing” the contemporary world system together and shows how power works within the aid system as these intermediaries impose interpretations of unclear mandates down the chain—a process Schuller calls “trickle-down imperialism.”
Set in Haiti following the 2004 coup and enhanced by research carried out after the 2010 earthquake, Killing with Kindness analyzes the impact of official development aid on recipient non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their relationships with local communities. It offers rich enthnographic comparisons of two Haitian women’s NGOs working in HIV/AIDS prevention and examines participation and autonomy as well as donor policies that inhibit these goals.
About the Author
Mark Schuller is an assistant professor of African American studies and anthropology at York College of CUNY, in Jamaica, Queens. He has published several articles and co-edited two books: Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction (Alta Mira, 2008) and Homing Devices: Lexington Books, 2006). In addition, he has many unreferred articles in the Huffington Post.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Tables
Foreword by Paul Farmer
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Doing Research during a Coup
1. Violence and Venereal Disease: Structural Violence, Gender, and HIV/AIDS
2. "That's Not Participation!": Relationships from "Below"
3. All in the Family: Relationships "Inside"
4. "We Are Prisoners!": Relationships from "Above"
5. Tectonic Shifts and the Political Tsunami: USAID and the Disaster of Haiti
Conclusion: Killing with Kindness?
Afterword: Some Policy Solutions
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