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A humourous and very timely journey through the life of an international development charity worker, including the good and the bad, the humanitarian victories and the 'can't-fail' failures. The intentions are always good if the execution isn't.
It all starts after university when Williams decides that he wants to save the world but get paid for it. His journey includes a bit of sex with a coke-snorting charity campaigner, getting on the first rungs of a career with Oxfam and then falling off again, picking coffee during the Contra War in Nicaragua and nearly getting blown up for his troubles, working for a book-aid charity run by the aristocracy, securing a Big Break with Save the Children and the Disasters Emergency Committee - and quitting in a state of profound disillusionment, after managing the record-breaking Rwanda Emergency Appeal in 1994.
Later, motivated by the desire for moral resurrection and dwindling savings, the author secures a position with an international federation of charities. The job entails travelling the world at donors' expense in a partially successful attempt to improve the welfare of children in numerous countries - with relaxation provided amongst other things by tango lessons in the Head of the World Bank in Argentina's penthouse apartment in Buenos Aires.
Laugh, weep and get a behind-the-scenes look at life in development charities. It may not always be pretty but hopefully you will still be inclined to drop a coin in a collection tin from time to time.
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Subtítulo: TWENTY YEARS OF TRYING TO SAVE THE WORLD