The Mountain Boy and the Foreign Aid Circus
|Claude W. Bobillier
|Vajra Books, Nepal
Twenty eight years working in thirty different countries in Asia and Africa advising corrupt and incompetent governments and arrogant western aid bureaucracies, have allowed him to witness firsthand the scandals and failures of western Foreign Aid.
Now retired and living on the French side of Lake Geneva, he's still trying to understand and make sense of the world.
Dr. Bobillier, as they say in the crime stories, 'earns his bones' with this factual account of his work with foreign aid. He has had first-hand experience and not only with the scions of the helping classes but through his own life experiences and struggles from childhood in Switzerland to student hood and early life experiences in New Zealand. From his descriptions of his early years it is obvious that he was bound to have empathy with the disinherited of the earth. He could have remained in the boxed and defined environment of a conservative Swiss village. Needless to say he didn't, otherwise this book would have turned out quite differently.
Having worked over several decades in many different climates, with people of many different cultures; having travelled constantly and faced multitudes of values and attitudes; having been bewildered by the strangeness of language and aliens ways of life; now back in the West, I find myself longing for the simplicity and conviviality of people who -despite having to face daily the challenges of living in extreme poverty and deprivation - have not lost the essential humanity that Western societies, in their rush for material comforts and superficial wealth, seem to be so out of touch with.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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