10 Books From or For Humanitarians

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Humanitarians do this world a great service, and are often overlooked or pushed aside as being “the crazy ones.” Here are a few books by some of the best humanitarians out there. Keep in them in your short list of humanitarian books to read.

“The Responsibility to Protect:Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All” by Gareth Evans: Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia and current head of the NGO International Crisis Group argues that state sovereignty includes a responsibility to protect citizens from atrocities. When a state fails in this, he argues, the international community, the UN Security Council particularly, is responsible to intervene, first peacefully means, then through force, if necessary.

“Creating a World Without Poverty” by Muhammad Yunus: The founder of Grameen Bank outlines a method for using free-market capitalism to lift the world out of poverty and inequality by “social business”–products and businesses designed for the benefit of one of the world’s largest markets–the severely impoverished.

“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas D. Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn: This book makes a powerful case for empowering women through investment in their health and education,powerfully demonstrating how countries where women are oppressed lag behind countries where they are treated equally in human rights and development, and gives plans for individual action.

“The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It” by Paul Collier: The poorest billion people in the world live in fifty failed states whose problems go largely ignored by industrialized nations. Within each of these countries, violence and corruption rule as they and their billion residents fall further behind the first world. “The Bottom Billion,” analyzes the roots of these states’ failures and argues that current solutions have made matters worse. It then suggests a radical new course of action for the Group of Eight nations to help the world’s oppressed.

“Condemned to Repeat?: The Paradox of Humanitarian Action” by Fiona Terry: Humanitarian action is meant to reduce suffering, yet it often sustains conflicts, thus prolonging suffering. This, according to Terry, is the “paradox of humanitarian action.” Her book examines this paradox in several recent humanitarian crises and demands that humanitarian organizations take action to address and eliminate it.

“Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond” by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast: In this book, Cheadle, an actor and activist, and Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project offer six strategies individuals can use to fight the ongoing genocide in Darfur in their own communities.

“Crimes of War 2.0: What the Public Should Know”: A reference book featuring articles by over 140 experts, this book is an indispensable guide to current humanitarian crises and conflicts, the politics behind them, a primer on humanitarian law, and what can be and is being done about to stop them.

“Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan” by Greg Mortensen: In this memoir, Mortensen shares his harrowing and inspiring mission to open schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and his vision for peace through education.

“Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses To Humanitarian Crises” by Architecture for Humanity: Nearly three billion people today live in a slum without adequate housing, plumbing, or sanitation. Architecture for Humanity believes that since the physical design of homes effects every aspect of life in them, better architecture leads to better lives. To this end, “Design Like You Give a Damn” showcases innovative projects from around the world meant to improve life for slum-dwellers.

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