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Reflections on a United Nations' Career

An Insider's Account

Authors: Howie, Ian

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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
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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • From Melbourne and Back Again

    Pages 1-12

    Howie, Ian

  • Welcome to the UN Family

    Pages 13-24

    Howie, Ian

  • Learning by Doing: Bangladesh

    Pages 25-55

    Howie, Ian

  • A Success?: Sri Lanka

    Pages 57-71

    Howie, Ian

  • From East to West: Kenya

    Pages 73-90

    Howie, Ian

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Hardcover $34.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reflections on a United Nations' Career
Book Subtitle
An Insider's Account
Authors
Series Title
Springer Biographies
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-77063-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-77063-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-77062-4
Series ISSN
2365-0613
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 247
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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