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Evaluating International Humanitarian Action: Reflections from Practitioners

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:683
  1. John Mitchell, senior humanitarian adviser
  1. British Red Cross

    Eds Adrian Wood, Raymond Apthorpe, John Borton

    Embedded ImageZed Books, £14.95/$22.50, pp 233

    ISBN 1 85649 976 6

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