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How celebrity strategic partnerships are disrupting humanitarian space: Can a celebrity be a "disrupter," promoting strategic partnerships to foster ideas and funding to revitalize the development field, or are they just charismatic ambassadors for big business? Examining the role of the rich and famous in development and humanitarianism, this book argues that celebrities do both, and that understanding why and how yields insight into the realities of neoliberal development.


  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Celebrity, Disruption and Neoliberal Development
  • Chapter 2. Narrating the Congo: Dangerous Single Stories and the Organizations that Need Them
  • Chapter 3. Choosing the Congo: How a Celebrity Builds a Development Organization
  • Chapter 4. Marketing the Congo: Products that Sell Development
  • Chapter 5. Saving Congolese Coffee: Celebrities and the Business Model for Development
  • Chapter 6. Celebrities and the Local Politics of Development: As Seen from Kinshasa
  • Chapter 7. Conclusions on Celebrity and Development: Disruption, Advocacy and Commodification
  • Epilogue: COVID-19 and Making ECI Relevant Again
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix A. Methodology and Data Collection
  • Appendix B. Affleck, ECI, and ECI Partner’s Interactions with Congress, 2011–2017
  • Appendix C. K&L Gates Lobbying on Behalf of Eastern Congo Initiative
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index


978-1-5179-0759-4 (paper), 978-1-5179-0758-7 (cloth)

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University of Minnesota Press


Minneapolis, MN


Political Science, Anthropology, 2021 Spring, MLA 2021, WPSA 2021, WPSA international relations, WPSA globalization, WPSA human rights, AAG 2021, AAG political science, AAG anthropology, AAG geography, AAG globalization, ASA 2021


African Studies | Human Rights Law | International and Area Studies | International Relations | Political Science


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