Paved with Good Intentions

Paved with Good Intentions
A public forum
With Dru Oja Jay, co-author of Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism

Tuesday, October 2

David Strong C112
University of Victoria

“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.

Dru Oja Jay will 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.

Sponsors:  Victoria Peace Coalition, UVic Social Justice Studies, VIPIRG, KAIROS Victoria, and the Council of Canadians Victoria.

Here is the information about the book.

Official site:

“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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