Canada’s development NGOs – from idealism to imperialism

Title: Canada’s Development NGOs – from idealism to imperialism
Location: University Centre (UC) Room 103, University of Guelph
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Description: Book launch and discussion with Nikolas Barry-Shaw and Dru Oja Jay, authors of Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism
“NGOs are as Canadian as hockey,” declared a 1988 Parliamentary report. Few institutions epitomize the foundational Canadian myth of international benevolence like the non-governmental organization devoted to development abroad.
Just how “non-governmental” are organizations that get most of their funding from government agencies? What impact do these funding ties have on NGOs’ ability to support popular demands for democratic reforms and wealth redistribution? What happens when NGOs support a repressive regime? What happens when NGOs bite the hand that feeds them? Come and find out, and join a growing public discussion of the role of development NGOs.

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Copies of the book will be available for $20 (Retail price: $25)

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“An extraordinary exposé”
– Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

“Timely, hard-hitting and well-researched.”
– Mike Edwards, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos

“An important piece of scholarship.”
– Lamia Karim, Associate Professor, University of Oregon and author of Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh

“Sure to be controversial.”
– Brian K. Murphy, former policy analyst, Inter Pares

“A must-read for scholars and practitioners alike.”
– Sangeeta Kamat, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and author of Development Hegemony: NGOs and the State in India.

Start Time:  7:00 pm
Date: 2013-09-25
End Time:  9:00 pm