Northwestern University

Tue 7:00 PM

Confessions of an Aid Worker in Africa

When: 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

Contact: Patrick Eccles  

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Program of African Studies
One Book One Northwestern 2016-2017

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


Confessions of an Aid Worker in Africa
Jillian Reilly

Tuesday, May 6
7 PM

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.

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