No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis

What happens to aid projects after the money is spent? Or the people and communities once the media spotlight has left?

No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis follows the return journey of a former aid worker back to the site of three major humanitarian crises—South Sudan, Iraq and East Timor—in search of what happened to the people and projects. Along the way, he looks for answers to how we can better respond to the emerging global humanitarian crisis.

Meeting young entrepreneurs striving to build their businesses, listening to tribal leaders give unvarnished views of foreign aid or negotiating the release of a kidnapped colleague, this riveting work brings the reader into the global humanitarian crisis while engaging with questions of cultural imperialism, Western aid models and foreign interventions.

‘This is a brave, unsentimental and illuminating account that deserves to be widely read.’ Tom Bamforth, author of Deep Field: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Aid Relief.

No Dancing is a clear-eyed, moving and insightful account that never takes its eyes off the heartbreaking human cost of conflict and the enduring human spirit that shines through.’ George Biddle, Former Executive VP, International Rescue Committee

Dr Denis Dragovic is an author of literary and scholarly works on humanitarian aid and rebuilding countries after war. For over a decade he was at the forefront of international aid efforts responding to major humanitarian crises in Darfur, South Sudan, East Timor, Indonesia and Iraq where he led one of the world’s largest aid programs. Seeing slave traders ply their trade, leading efforts to negotiate a kidnapped aid worker or helping to support the establishment of local community groups gives him a unique insight into the humanitarian challenges of the twenty-first century. Denis’ on the ground experiences are backed by specialist knowledge as an expert on religion and rebuilding countries after wars. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Book Details

ISBN: 978-1-925652-31-4 (pbk) | 978-1-925652-32-1 (ebook)

Category: Memoir / Political Science

Trade paperback: 210 pages

Publication Date: 20 February 2018

RRP: AU $23.95 (pbk) | $9.99 (ebook)

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