Thomas Gebauer + Ilija Trojanow

Hilfe? Hilfe!

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ISBN: 978-3-596-70188-9


256 Pages, Klappenbroschur
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ISBN 978-3-596-70188-9


Which help helps?

A beggar in the pedestrian area: to give or not? Helping in this way is always double-edged: You help in the short term and feel good about it. In the long term, you change nothing. In their book, Thomas Gebauer and Ilija Trojanow question the many facets of charity, from the activities of the super rich to state help to local initiatives. Beginning with specific examples from around the world, which are described in original reports from countries such as Sierra Leone, Pakistan or Guatemala, they review the entire system of assistance and show what works and what doesn’t. What is required is a concept of critical assistance that encourages self-help and yet allows fundamental change.

About Thomas Gebauer + Ilija Trojanow

Thomas Gebauer, born in 1955, studied psychology and sociology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He then went to work for the aid agency medico international, where he has been managing director since 1996. He was awarded the Goethe Award by the City of Frankfurt in 2014.

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Thomas Gebauer
(c) Bärbel Högner / medico international

Ilija Trojanow, born 1965, has lived in Nairobi, Munich, Mumbai, and Cape Town. Today he lives in Vienna. His published works include An den inneren Ufern Indiens (a journey along the Ganges, 2003), Der Weltensammler (a novel, 2006), Der entfesselte Globus (collection of journalistic pieces, 2008), EisTau (a novel, 2011) and the photography volume Wo Orpheus begraben liegt (with photographs by Christian Muhrbeck, 2013) and the epic novel Macht und Widerstand (2015). He has received numerous literary awards, including the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair in 2006 for Der Weltensammler, as well as the Preis der Literaturhäuser in 2009.

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Ilija Trojanow
Foto: Thomas Dorn
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