Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Media Release

Wakefield Press

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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Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Hot-Spotting blog site

Featured in the Australian, Herald Sun, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the West Australian, the Advertiser, Good Reading Magazine (Feb '08 edition), regional newspapers and special interest publications.

Listen to the ABC Radio National interview with Tim Costello, Richard Aedy and Rod Reeve (22 Oct 2007) on
Listen to the ABC Radio Nightlife interview with Tony Delroy, Julia Newton-Howse (CEO CARE Australia) and Rod Reeve (31 October 2007) on
Listen to theABC Radio Nightlife interview with Tony Delory (28 May 2008) discussing "Is there any limit to international aid"
This site is supported by my recently released book entitled "Hot-Spotting: an Australian delivering foreign aid".

Published by Wakefield Press. 330 pp

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Travelling to Work
Chapter 2 Living with Saddam
Chapter 3 Opium Jive in Pakistan
Chapter 4 Exodus from Jordan
Chapter 5 Planes, trains, tuk-tuks and taxis
Chapter 6 The Language of Laos
Chapter 7 Indonesia's Person Power
Chapter 8 Protecting Papua New Guinea's Paradise
Chapter 9 East of the Bali Bombs
Chapter 10 Back to Baghdad
Chapter 11 Aid and the Indian Ocean Tsunami
Chapter 12 Making Poverty History?
Selected References