A public forum featuring: Nikolas Barry-Shaw and Dru Oja Jay
Authors of Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development
NGOs from idealism to imperialism (Fernwood, 2012)
7pm Wednesday, April 18
OISE, Room 5250
252 Bloor Street West
St. George subway station
“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?
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.