Tuesday, May 6, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Harris Hall, 108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students
Cost: Public Free
Category: Global & Civic Engagement
Confessions of an Aid Worker in Africa
Tuesday, May 6
Harris Hall 108
Jillian Reilly is a writer and public speaker focusing primarily on developing world affairs. Her aim is to inspire more honest, critical debate about development work and the local and international players involved in it. As a twenty-three-year-old, Jillian Reilly went to southern Africa in 1993 at the close of apartheid, desperate to do good. She only planned to stay for six months, but the promise of playing savior was just too great. Jillian’s career in the aid industry flourished. To all the world, she looked like a successful ‘do-gooder’ — even a precocious one. If only she weren’t being suffocated by her own sense of futility. Jillian left southern Africa quite clear that the only person she could save was herself. Realizing her own limitations, as well as the shortcomings that are part of the big business of doing good, Jillian addresses fundamental problems with international aid and explores ways to work within what she calls a "broken system for social change."
This event is co-sponsored by the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies and the Program for African Studies.