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Delving into differing cultures of humanitarianism

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:34 GMT
Author: Rebekah Curtis
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Competing French and Anglo-Saxon models of charitable intervention are under the spotlight in a new book assessing the future of humanitarianism in the 21st century.

Many Reasons to Intervene: French and British Approaches to Humanitarian Action,” delves into the history of humanitarian work, paying special attention to groups operating within the United States, Great Britain and Switzerland, publisher Columbia University Press said.

The study “reveals existing forms of action that Médecins Sans Frontières, Médecins du Monde, and others have perfected over time and through rigorous trials,” the publisher said on its site.

“Always the first to respond to a crisis, whether war, famine, or natural disaster, Médecins Sans Frontières and its sister organization, Médecins du Monde, combine rapid intervention with invaluable critical assessment, setting a precedent for effective humanitarian action that has yet to be surpassed. “

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