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What happens to aid projects after the money is spent? Or the people and communities once the media spotlight has left?

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.

Denis Dragovic


'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

'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

Denis Dragovic

#1 Best-seller Amazon Kindle, United States, in International Relations
#1 Best-seller Amazon Kindle, Canada, in International Relations
#1 Amazon Kindle, Australia, in Human Rights

'Simple, evocative writing' The Sydney Morning Herald, August 10, 2018

Interview on radio station 2SER

Denis Dragovic