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Reflections on a United Nations' Career

An Insider's Account

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  • Represents an extraordinary meditation on the life of a United Nations career official in the global aid sector

  • Provides a rare, insight into the UN’s international aid operations – successes and failures – by an insider

  • Is a perfect go-to book for anyone curious about the United Nations

  • Is a perfect primer to guide those seeking a career in the UN

Part of the book series: Springer Biographies (SPRINGERBIOGS)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. From Melbourne and Back Again

    • Ian Howie
    Pages 1-12
  3. Welcome to the UN Family

    • Ian Howie
    Pages 13-24
  4. Learning by Doing: Bangladesh

    • Ian Howie
    Pages 25-55
  5. A Success?: Sri Lanka

    • Ian Howie
    Pages 57-71
  6. From East to West: Kenya

    • Ian Howie
    Pages 73-90
  7. Even Further West: Ghana

    • Ian Howie
    Pages 91-113
  8. The Population Challenge: China

    • Ian Howie
    Pages 115-149
  9. You Must Be Mad: UN Headquarters

    • Ian Howie
    Pages 171-188
  10. No More Business as Usual: Viet Nam

    • Ian Howie
    Pages 189-214
  11. Life After Death: Rwanda

    • Ian Howie
    Pages 215-240
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 241-247

About this book

This book is more than an autobiographical account of the career of a young graduate from Australia who spent his life working as a United Nations official. It is in fact, a critical, indispensable debriefing of a UN insider’s account as it follows the life of a development practitioner for more than three decades within the global aid sector.

It also goes where few others have dared to go before, providing first-hand insights into the realities of a UN career official’s life. While many throughout the world may wish to join the “UN family” or have already become part of the development sector, it is presumed they all have a vision to act as vehicles for positive social change. However, expectations can and may differ once realities have sunk in. The book opens a unique space in the international aid sector – particularly, population security – around elements of personal and professional rewards and costs.

Keywords

  • International Aid
  • International Policy
  • International Relations
  • International Organizations
  • United Nations Population Fund
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Global Organizations
  • Health Information Systems
  • Reproductive Health
  • One-Child Policy
  • Population Security
  • Global Studies
  • Millennium Development Goals

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlton, Australia

    Ian Howie

About the author

Ian Howie, Associate Professor, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, has spent more than 35 years working in the field of international development. The bulk of this time was spent with the United Nations as a career official and included multi-year assignments as the United Nations Population Fund’s representative in China (with responsibilities also for Mongolia and North Korea), Viet Nam, Ghana, Rwanda, and Papua New Guinea. Reproductive rights were integral to these appointments, especially when negotiating government policies. Professor Howie also spent seven years at UN Headquarters, New York, following his appointment as the Chief of the Division of Human Resources. Earlier, he served as Chief Technical Adviser with the International Labour Organisation managing primary healthcare projects in rural Bangladesh and, following his plotting of a unique model delivering health services at village level, oversaw its adoption in the plantation sector in Sri Lanka, and in the industrial estates of Kenya and the slums of Nairobi.

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Buying options

eBook USD 24.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-77063-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)