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Paved with Good Intentions: a critical look at development NGOs

A public forum

- 9:00pm
Lundi Septembre 24 2012

Venue: Harbour Centre 7000 (7th floor)
Address: 555 West Hastings Street
Cost: free

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A public forum featuring the authors of Paved with Good Intentions: Canada's development NGOs from idealism to imperialism (Fernwood, 2012)

“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.
Join Nikolas Barry-Shaw and Dru Oja Jay to discuss these organizations and their development projects. 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?
7pm Monday, September 24
Harbour Centre room 7000 (7th floor) 
555 West Hastings Street 
Vancouver (Coast Salish Territories)
Facebook event:
Free admission
Books available for $20 (retail price: $24.95)
Sponsored by the School for International Studies
About the book:
"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.
Organizer:Dru Oja Jay - dru at dru dot ca

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