At Home Abroad: A Memoir of the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, 1953-1973

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Equinox Publishing, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 213 pages
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In 1953, as part of the Eisenhower/Dulles response to Senator Joseph McCarthy's charges of security risks in its staff, John Bresnan was fired from the U.S. foreign service. This turned out to be a blessing is disguise as he was quickly hired by the Ford Foundation in its New York headquarters, and in 1961 was appointed Assistant Representative to Indonesia. Four years later, Bresnan was given another assignment: close the office. What follows is a personal recollection of the philanthropic work by the Ford Foundation during a critical period of development for the country. It details the Ford Foundation's successes and failures as well as his relationships with a wide array of characters: from John D. Rockefeller III to Soedjatmoko, from McGeorge Bundy to the Sultan of Yogyakarta. Based on extensive research in the archives of the Ford Foundation as well as personal files, At Home Abroad is an engaging insight into the inner workings of one of the largest philanthropic organizations and their mission in the developing world. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in the role of American philanthropy overseas. ABOUT THE AUTHOR JOHN BRESNAN was Assistant Representative of the Ford Foundation in Indonesia from 1961 to 1965, Representative there from 1969 to 1973, and Head of the Office for Asia and the Pacific at Ford's headquarters in New York from 1973 to 1982. Since then, he has been a Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, where he has written and edited books on Indonesia, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia that were published by Columbia University Press, Princeton University Press, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
 

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Contents

Coming to the Foundation
5
Appointment to Jakarta
9
Starting out in Indonesia
15
The Impact of October 1 1965
21
Background to the Beginning
25
First Contacts
31
Harris Training Training
37
Miller Soldiering On
45
Post1965 Directions
101
National Development Planning
107
Widjojo and His Critics
119
The Appeal of Provincial Universities
125
Introducing the Green Revolution
131
Monitoring Rural Change
141
John D Rockefeller III
149
Family Planning
153

The Sukarno Factor
53
Closing the Office
57
What Had Been Accomplished
65
Indonesian Studies in the United States
75
Starting Over
81
The Impact of Bundy and Bell
85
The Price of Intimacy
93
Soedjatmoko
97
Educational Research and Planning
157
Stimulating the Social Sciences
165
The Sultan and His Daughter
173
Managing Economic Enterprise
177
A Pivotal Event
193
Was It Worth Doing?
199
Index
207
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