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Generation NGO

Generation NGO    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-897071-75-5
Pages 210
Language English only
Price $24.95
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Edited by Alisha Nicole Apale and Valerie Stam.
Published by Between the Lines, 2011.


Young Canadians are increasingly active and engaged in global issues. Many are eagerly poised to contribute — in smaller and even larger ways — to international development and the Canadian national politics that, for better or worse, shape the field. What happens when they leave their comfortable homes to journey to refugee camps or war zones in the name of "development," and then return home?

Generation NGO captures some of the first impressions of these young international development professionals. It provides snapshots of some of their first experiences with inequality and poverty, power and privilege, stereotypes, identity, social location, prejudice, and injustice. It is as much about questions as it is about answers. These essays illustrate the continual negotiation of development workers in positioning and conducting themselves in a morally and ethically charged profession.

Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Contexts and Consequences
  • Chapter 1: Walls Topped with Broken Glass: On Privilege
  • Chapter 2: Adding Things up in Namibia
  • Chapter 3: A Night out in Malindi
  • Chapter 4: No Man Is an Island: Lessons in Interdependence Learned in Barbados
  • Chapter 5: In a Just World, Displacement Would Be Shocking
  • Chapter 6: Salama, vazaha!
  • Chapter 7: Travelling to El Otro Lado
  • Chapter 8: Friendship, Inequality, and Professional Development
  • Chapter 9: Coming Home to Foreignness
  • Chapter 10: You Go and Come
  • Notes and Acknowledgments
Generation NGO is a must-read collection for Canadians contemplating development work and volunteerism abroad, and will also provide food for thought for more seasoned veterans of NGO forays long after they have returned from the field.

Contributors include: Pike Krpan, Zoe Khan, Laura Madeleine Sie, Alika Hendricks, Maro Adjemian, Simon Yale Strauss, Julia Paulson, and Heidi Braun.

Alisha Nicole Apale coordinates the Aboriginal Health Initiative of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Canada. She has a particular interest in the health issues experienced by vulnerable populations within highly inequitable countries, including in Canada, and the intersectoral nature of public health and health systems development.

Valerie Stam has studied income generation among refugees in Ghana, worked on peacebuilding, disarmament and the women's peace movement in Senegal, and explored the intersection of women, politics and conflict in India. She is a Community Developer at a Community Health Centre in Ottawa where she enjoys translating her overseas development experience into local practice.

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