Why is there need for a new model for global development work?

As David Rieff puts on his book “A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis”, “The humanitarian world emerged saddened and chastened from the 1990s”. H. Roy Williams, the former overseas operations director of the IRC, summed it up well when he declared flatly: “Humanitarian organizations are not capable of dealing with the crises we see around us.” (Rieff, 2002)


I have worked with emergency relief and development for the last 23 years, and I have observed personally that we have made little progress (if any) in reducing hunger and alieviating poverty in the world. There are many good people who dedicate their lives to this work. There are many well funded relief agencies active in this field throughout the world. Every major government has their own agency and invests considerable amount of resources to this end. Private individuals, well funded private foundations, and concerned businesses donate and contribute to the cause. As for focused results, present technologies enable information and materials to be allocated and to be delivered throughout the planet in a short period of time. Yet in spite of all of these resources and people, there are still millions of people starving, without shelter nor medical assistance. Furthermore, as developing countries continue to experiment exponential population growth, the situation is getting worse and not better.