Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism

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.

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?
Free admission
Books available for $20 (retail price: $24.95)Facebook event page: by OPIRG-Toronto, OPIRG-York, BASICS, International League of People’s Struggle–

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.

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