The Faculty was delighted to host both the Sydney and Melbourne launches of Dr Nichole Georgeou’s new book Neoliberalism, Aid and Development Volunteering in May. Launched in conjunction with Palms Australia during National Volunteers Week, guests from organisations including Caritas Australia, UNICEF, the Sisters of St Joseph, Catholic Mission and the University of Woolongong attended the launches to hear from guest speakers Professor Paul James, Director of the Global Cities Institute, RMIT and the Hon Dr Meredith Burgmann, President of the Australian Council for International Development.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Georgeou said: “We’re in a time of crisis, where the world is ravaged by natural disasters, wars and poverty – and where there’s increased pressure on governments and organisations such as volunteer agencies that provide aid. This book examines how neoliberal ideology has become embedded in policy formulation on aid and how, now that a market-driven model of aid provision has become the norm, governments are using international development volunteering as a form of 'soft diplomacy'.”
Professor Gail Crossley said: “This is a considerable achievement for Nichole and ACU extends its warmest congratulations to her.”
For further details on Dr Georgeou’s book, please visit her blog.
Dr Nichole Georgeou, Dr Meredith Burgmann and Mr Roger O’Halloran (Palms Executive Director)