Scholar, Practitioner, Author, Public Commentator
'This is a brave, unsentimental and illuminating account that deserves to be widely read.' – Tom Bamforth, author of Deep Field: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Aid Relief
‘A gripping first person account that grapples with the complexities of humanitarian aid and the unintended consequences for people it is meant to help.’ – Susan Nicolai, Senior Research Fellow, ODI
'Dragovic has experienced some of the most complex and wrenching humanitarian crises of our times. In a clear-eyed, moving and insightful account, he brings a range of ethical, political and programmatic considerations to life, never taking his eye off the heartbreaking human cost of conflict and the enduring human spirit that shines through.' – George Biddle, Former Executive Vice-President, International Rescue Committee
What happens to aid projects after the money is spent? Or the people and communities once the media spotlight has left?
No Dancing, No Dancing follows the return journey of a former aid worker back to the site of three major humanitarian crises—South Sudan, Iraq and East Timor—in search of what happened to the people and projects. Along the way, he looks for answers to how we can better respond to the emerging global humanitarian crisis.
Meeting young entrepreneurs striving to build their businesses, listening to tribal leaders give unvarnished views of foreign aid or negotiating the release of a kidnapped colleague, this riveting work brings the reader into the global humanitarian crisis while engaging with questions of cultural imperialism, Western aid models and foreign interventions.