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October 3, 2006
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UMD Presents Controversial Author and Commentator
Speaking on
"The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn't Working"
October 11

Robert Calderisi.
Well-known, controversial author and commentator on sub-Saharan Africa, Robert Calderisi will speak on the topic of his latest book, "The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn't Working," at UMD, October 11 at 7 p.m. in the UMD Library rotunda (3rd floor). The talk is being presented by the UMD Alworth Institute for International Studies. It is free and the public is cordially invited.

Mr. Calderisi has a strong, practical knowledge of development issues resulting from his twenty years of work at the World Bank, including postings in various parts of the developing world. His most recent post was that of Country Director for Central Africa. He now works as a freelance writer and commentator on international issues, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. He is a commentator on African development issues for the BBC, and has written for such magazines as The New Statesman.

His recent book "The Trouble with Africa: Why foreign Aid Isn't Working" (2006, St. Martin's Press) has drawn attention to the need for a fundamental re-thinking about aid, conditions surrounding aid, and the way in which aid is distributed. The book is controversial and has attracted much critical comment. Mr. Calderisi has conducted speaking engagements at many major Universities interested in economic development and international issues.

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