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By Nicholas Bennett

ISBN-10: 1847284884

ISBN-13: 9781847284884

This is often the tale of 1 man's 40 12 months odyssey operating to aid lessen 3rd international international poverty, and provides desire to a few of the main morginalised and exploited humans on the earth. all through his lengthy profession Nicholas Bennett labored in one of the most distant and tough locations on the earth, confronted widespread coups and revolutions, when whilst elevating his relatives.

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Though I understood the risks of offering me hospitality, it was very uncomfortable sleeping on the floor of the cowshed, butted by goats, or woken by a cow in the middle of the night. Menstruating woman are not allowed inside any house during their monthly period, and thus also have to sleep with the animals. This was sometimes interesting, as it was one of the few opportunities I had to speak to any woman and have any understanding of their reality. For the five days of her menses a woman is not allowed in the main house, nor allowed to play any role in the preparation of food.

Some years later, travelling through a secondary forest in Eastern Ghana, I arrived at a primary school at nine in the morning, half an hour later than school was supposed to start. There were plenty of children around but no teachers. After some time a couple of 26 ALL IN THE CAUSE OF DUTY groggy, hung over teachers arrived and started to teach in a desultory fashion. I asked to see the headmaster, and there was an embarrassed silence, again I asked, and again the teachers looked the other way.

Flies in the Sugar The Bob Dylan song ‘We have to serve someone’ has made me wonder who I have been serving throughout my career; my employers, the Governments in the countries I have been based, my colleagues, or the people in the places where I have worked. All the major development agencies have their headquarters physically and psychologically far from where the social and economic development of the poorest countries should be taking place. It is the snow storm in Washington that is closer to the concerns of World Bank staff than the fog in N’djamena, and the elections in France closer to the hearts of French development officials than those in Chad.

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