Book Review: “Players and Issues in International Aid”
Posted by chads on January 17, 2008
WHO, NGO, IMF, UNICEF, USAID, CARE, LWR, PVO, CRS,
ECOSOC, WFP, IDA, BRAC, UN, ARC
If you are as mind-boggled as I have been by the endless acronyms in international aid, then you may benefit from the book “Players and Issues in International Aid.” Paula Hoy, the (current?) associate director of Interfaith Hunger Appeal, is effective in introducing the major organizations involved in humanitarian aid and global health. She provides a needed historical summary to the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other multinational, international, national, and non-governmental organizations. In so doing, she introduces issues such as aid equity, aid effectiveness, and gender. I found the book useful and easy to read, though dry at times. There is one major flaw: the most recent edition (I think) was published in 1998. Time for a new edition!