Sweet Teeth and Loose Bowels: The Adventures of an International Aid Worker

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
As a relief to the sombre academic literature on issues related to developing countries in Africa and Asia, this book takes a critical but light-hearted look at the international aid industry. It follows the author's career from a youthful "do-gooder" in the Philippines to Director General of the Kenya based African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) and its renowned Flying Doctor Service. Topics covered include the Peace Corps, debt relief, the aid business, health, food and cultural practices, among many other subjects. Tales from Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Philippines, India and additional countries form the backdrop to this entertaining, critical and eye-opening book.
 

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Contents

The Chicken Expert
3
Peace Corps The Beginning
9
The Invitation
13
Training San Jose California
17
Training In Country
19
The Philippines
27
A Peace Corps Family Copes
31
Transportation And Travel
37
A Country That Is Not A Country
127
Travel Act III
137
Corruption Small And Large
143
Airplanes Big and Not So Big
151
The Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuations
159
A Value Structure For African Management
165
The Burdens Of A Chief
171
Sabotage
179

Doggie Doggie Where Are Ye?
41
Religion Number One
45
Religion Number Two
49
Our Old Friends The Peace Corps Organization
53
Research And Politics
57
The End Game A Death In The Family And Getting Out
63
The Long Way Home
69
THE AFRICAN YEARS
75
First Stop India
77
Who Turned Out The Lights?
85
Hello Africa
87
Welcome To The NGO World
91
Transportation And Travel Act II
95
The Sudan Never A Dull Moment
99
How the Other Half of 110th of 1 Lives
105
What Are Those Big Birds Doing? Africa Through A Youngsters Eyes
117
Was Catch 22 A Novel About Somalia?
121
Management And Time
185
Sweet Teeth And Loose Bowels
189
Dealing With Government
193
Through Whose Eyes?
201
Making A Difference
211
A Violent And Sad Goodbye
223
THE ACTORS AND THE ISSUES
235
The Cast Of Characters
237
God Will Provide Or If Not Then Marie Antoinette
245
The Vulture Culture
251
The Development Business
255
Working Oneself Out Of Existence
259
Mr Bono and Mr Geldof Good Try But
267
The End
273
Postscript
277
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About the author (2007)

Since 1969, Dr Michael Gerber has worked in some of the poorest countries of Asia and Africa, retiring in 1998 as Director General of the African Medical & Research Foundation and its well-known Flying Doctors. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, and has held voluntary positions on numerous nongovernmental and international organization Boards. He is currently Chairman of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction.

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