Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Media Release

Wakefield Press

Hot-Spotting
An Australian delivering foreign aid

Rod Reeve
Foreword by Tim Costello
ISBN 9781862547247 rrp $29.95 True Stories NZ$39.00 www.wakefieldpress.com.au

In his 25-year journey through hot spots across the globe, Rod Reeve has become one of Australia’s most experienced foreign-aid workers. Managing international aid projects has taken him from the opium fields of the Hindu Kush, to Iraq in the time of Saddam Hussein, the jungles of Papua New Guinea, and Aceh following the 2004 Tsunami.

In Hot-Spotting Reeve reveals the dramas and complexities of working in the provision of international aid, and takes us behind disturbing news footage to connect with ordinary people living in some of the world’s most troubled locations.

The book reveals the workings of the $100 billion global aid program – 900,000 Australians alone donate regularly to overseas aid and 300,000 sponsor children. The author’s first-hand accounts give insights also into the ‘Live8’ and ‘Make Poverty History’ campaigns.

Rod’s account of how his agricultural experience in South Australia could develop alongside his skills in managing aid and development planning and delivery, reveals an important example of using one’s skills and abilities to play a part in the reduction of global poverty and making this world a better place in which to live.Tim Costello, CEO, World Vision Australia

Hot-Spotting addresses, from an Australian perspective, occurrences of international concern, such as the Gulf wars, September 11, the Bali bombings and the Asian tsunami. Reeve includes personal anecdotes related to his experiences in the immediate wake of these tragedies.

Hot-Spotting is one of the first books to be written on the reconstruction effort after the Indian Ocean tsunami and explains how your donations are used on the ground.

About the author

Rod Reeve is an Australian scientist who has spent the last 25 years managing aid projects for the UN, AusAID, the World Bank and similar organisations. He lives in the Adelaide Hills and is the head of Coffey International Development Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s leading aid contractors.

For further information, extract enquiries, to arrange a review copy and/or an author interview please contact Angela Tolley or Stephanie Johnston ph (08) 8362 8800

Rod is available for interview

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4 comments:

Geoff_D said...

Steadily working my way through the book, Rod. I'll be able to devote more time to it after Friday.

Geoff

Rod said...

That's great Geoff - you should have more time on your hands now that you have retired from Coffey - after 37 years of hot-spotting experiences yourself. All the best mate.

Geoff_D said...

Don't know about "hot-spotting", Rod. Lots and lots of "odd spots".

I'm thinking of starting a retirement Blog. You can use my identity to find it.

james said...

Hi Rod. Thanks for the book. Just finished reading it. I'm a Victor Harbor resident with an interest in Development. Saw your profile in the local paper "The Times" and subsequently bought the book. Fascinating. You really seemed to have covered some effective ground over the years. Cheers for sharing.