Sunday, May 04, 2014

Humanitarians, for a price

The cynical side of me wonders how this is any different than normal. But it does seem at least considerably cheaper and more innovative than the way things have been done in the past (NPR):

When a famine swept through Somalia in 2011, it was hard for aid workers to get food distributed. Most of the country was too dangerous for non-Somalis to do the work. Instead, the United Nations looked at satellite images of camps filling up with tents and dispatched locals to deliver the food. A local industry around distributing aid and sheltering the poor sprung up.

On today's show, we visit a country with almost no government, but a lot of entrepreneurs. And we see what happens when locals decide to make money by becoming humanitarians for profit.

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