The Uncertain Business of Doing Good: Outsiders in Africa

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Michigan State Univ Pr
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From Doctor Livingstone 150 years ago to the rock star Bono today, outsiders have championed foreign intervention in Africa through political, economic, and health care reforms. Though frequently exploitative, the relationship between Westerners and Africa is also often propelled by an almost irresistible urge to 'do good.' But underlying good intentions there often is a hierarchical belief that we, as outsiders, somehow know what is best for Africa.

Author Biography

Larry Krotz is an award-winning writer, a filmmaker, and the author of five books, including Midlifeman: A Book for Guys and the Women Who Want to Understand Them and Tourists: How Our Fastest Growing Industry is Changing the World. Over the past twenty-five years he has traveled to a number of African countries, where he produced the documentary film Searching for Hawa's Secret and wrote extensively for magazines and newspapers on scientific research and foreign aid projects. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: Outsiders in Africap. 3
Angola 1992
Luandap. 15
Huambop. 27
Reportagep. 43
Other People's Countriesp. 51
Nairobi, Kenya 1997
Looking for a Prostitutep. 59
Hawap. 73
Searching for Hawa's Secretp. 87
How Do You Define Progress?p. 97
Arusha, Tanzania 2002
Pastor Ntakirutimanap. 109
Missionaries for Justicep. 121
The Geneva of Africap. 135
Verdicts on Rwandap. 151
Who Goes to Africa?p. 163
Kisumu, Kenya 2004
The Nyanza Clubp. 171
Circumcising Africap. 183
Scientific Lifep. 193
The Uncertain Business of Doing Goodp. 199
Leaving Africap. 209
Notesp. 215
Selected Bibliographyp. 219
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