- What’s it like being the only expatriate manager of a multi-million dollar development project with a staff of over 200?
- What’s it like having to start off dealing with a major embezzlement on a previous project that occurred prior to your arrival?
- What’s it like to work with senior staff who hate each other and could be complicit in the embezzlement?
- What’s it like having to deal with a donor agency and host government that view you with deep mistrust while demanding that that you get project activities up and running quickly?
These are but a small part of the complex challenges depicted in this novel that are involved in fulfilling a development missios abroad.
Robert Gurevich is an Applied Anthropologist specializing in education and development. In addition to service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, he undertook long-term assignments in Indonesia, Somalia, Albania, and Ethiopia, along with short-term work in more than thirty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.
He served as Executive Associate for Asia with the Foreign Area Fellowship Program, as Executive Director of the Center for PVO/University Collaboration in Development, and as Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors for the USAID-funded Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program. He taught Anthropology at State University of New York–College at Brockport and at Western Caroline University.
The Razor’s Edge: Embezzlement, Corruption and Development in Ethiopia — A Novel
by Robert Gurevich (Thailand 1963-65)
Peace Corps Writers Publisher
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