APIRG is hosting a book launch and public forum with Nikolas Barry-Shaw and Dru Oja Jay, whose new book, Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism includes a case study of the co-optation of the Left in the NGOs in Palestine during the post-Oslo period.

Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism
With authors Nikolas Barry-Shaw and Dru Oja Jay
Thursday, September 27 (7:00 pm)
Telus Centre Room #217/219
Corner of 87 Ave and 111 St, U of A Campus
(Click here for map)

“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?

Free admission. Books available for $20 (retail price: $24.95).

About the book:

Official site: http://www.pavedwithgoodintentions.ca/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pavedgoodintentions

“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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