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The Good ProjectHumanitarian Relief NGOs and the Fragmentation of Reason$
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Monika Krause

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226131221

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226131535.001.0001

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The Reform of Humanitarianism

The Reform of Humanitarianism

(p.126) Five The Reform of Humanitarianism
The Good Project

Monika Krause

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses some of the most prominent reform projects that have arisen from within humanitarian relief: the Sphere project to develop standards for humanitarian relief operations and the Humanitarian Accountability Project (HAP), an effort to make relief agencies accountable to beneficiaries as well as donors. I will show that the impact of these reform projects is shaped and limited by NGOs’ pursuit of the good project described in this book. Indeed, these reform initiatives end up becoming a part of the institutional structure of the market for projects – one approximating a standard for products in this market; the other a fair lobar standard, which seeks to contain the most extreme versions of unfair competition among agencies.

Keywords:   Sphere, Humanitarian Accountability Project, HAP, NGOs, project, fair-lobar standard, accountability, relief operations, beneficiaries, humanitarianism

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