(Wo)man the barricades, but not the corner office?

Dr. Nutt shares the following post with Trust Law – a global hub for free legal assistance and news and information on good governance and women’s rights – in celebration of International Women’s Day. The chronic under-representation of women in politics and in executive positions is mistakenly attributed not to the systems that fail to [...]

The Future of Aid

On January 26th War Child hosted a panel discussion with lead human rights and development experts to discuss the future of aid in our conflicted world. Samantha started the evening with a keynote address to the sold out crowd. Please find the speech, in its entirety here. Watch Dr. Nutt’s keynote here.

Should NGOs take the Corporate Bait?

Should NGOs take the Corporate Bait?

Recently, Samantha wrote an op-ed in The Globe and Mail that sparked debate across the aid sector. Samantha focused her piece on the recent partnership between three Canadians NGOs and top Canadian mining firms. “The recession has been brutal to those who are reliant on humanitarian assistance for their very survival. European governments have, not [...]

Damned Nations Stimulates Lively Discussion

Damned Nations Stimulates Lively Discussion

The discussion surrounding Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid continues to rouse important conversation about war, its impacts and how we might go about doing development differently. This insightful recent interview with The Agenda’s Steve Paiken is a must watch. For those  of you who are auditory learners, be sure to listen to this interesting [...]

CBC, The National – Turning Point Panel

The Turning Point returns to The National tonight (Tuesday, November 29th) on CBC. Samantha is a regular member of the panel, so be sure to tune in. And for past episodes see the In The News section of this site for links to the videos.

Aid Under Siege

Nothing would seem to lull a writer into a creative slumber more effectively than the process of flogging a book.  But a recent article by famed economist and aid polemicist Bill Easterly (White Man’s Burden – a compelling and worthwhile read) invited a response. Easterly’s essay on America’s foreign aid is right on the donated money.  [...]

Samantha on Mansbridge One on One

This past weekend, Samantha was interviewed by Peter Mansbridge for CBC’s Mansbridge One on One. The interview offered some fascinating insights into the arguments presented in Damned Nations. If you missed the broadcasts, you can watch the show online here: http://bit.ly/v5mMr2

Introducing Damned Nations

Introducing Damned Nations

I’ve been writing Damned Nations for sixteen years. Not literally, of course. The actual process of sitting down and hammering it out lasted eight excruciating months, especially because the global landscape kept shifting in dramatic ways. When I started, Bin Laden was still at large, Mubarek was the third largest recipient of American military aid, and [...]

South Sudan: Steady As She Blows?

South Sudan: Steady As She Blows?

  After decades of war, the transition to peace in the world’s newest country was expected to be rocky.  But in some areas, it’s been downright apocalyptic.  In Malakal, a “recovering” city along the northern border where the main roads (a bog of mud and refuse) are literally sliding into the upper Nile, thousands have [...]