Antonio Donini is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies. From 1999 to the summer of 2002 he was the director of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan and Deputy UN Humanitarian Coordinator.
"This book is a result of many years of careful and empirical study of humanitarian programming by Tufts University s Feinstein International Center a team that has made a very significant impact on humanitarian learning. Antonio Donini and his colleagues have done great service by analysing the dynamics of aid manipulation and this book is obligatory reading for all in security and humanitarian studies. But, having read it, please do not put it down and think that aid does more harm than good. The book does not set out to make this calculation, and it should never be assumed. Humanitarian action is a precious and growing part of globalization that needs to be respected and improved, and manipulated as little as possible. The work of neutral, contested and coopted agencies alike saves lives in the real world. A more principled approach can make this saving fairer."