The Good Project
Humanitarian Relief NGOs and the Fragmentation of Reason
In The Good Project, Monika Krause dives into the intricacies of the decision-making process at NGOs and uncovers a basic truth: It may be the case that relief agencies try to help people but, in practical terms, the main focus of their work is to produce projects. Agencies sell projects to key institutional donors, and in the process the project and its beneficiaries become commodities. In an effort to guarantee a successful project, organizations are incentivized to help those who are easy to help, while those who are hardest to help often receive no assistance at all. The poorest of the world are made to compete against each other to become projects—and in exchange they offer legitimacy to aid agencies and donor governments. Sure to be controversial, The Good Project offers a provocative new perspective on how NGOs succeed and fail on a local and global level.
1. In Pursuit of the Good Project
2. Beneficiaries as a Commodity
3. The Logframe and the History of the Market for Projects
4. The History of Humanitarian Authority and the Divisions of the Humanitarian Field
5. The Reform of Humanitarianism
6. What about Human Rights?
Appendix on Methods
British Sociological Association: Philip Abrams Memorial Prize