Ruff and Ritual records my observations and critical reflections whilst deployed to Papua New Guinea as a ‘trailing spouse’ to my partner, an Australian official.
First and foremost, it pays respect to the people of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in particular the many women who are so giving and work tirelessly for their country. Secondary to this, is the objective to open up debate on the ethics of aid that go beyond political speak of supporting a developing nation to question the deeper purpose beneath aid. It is proposed that relations of dominance determine the provision of aid to PNG to the detriment of PNG.
In this context, aid, as good-will, becomes expedient to the politics of self-interest.
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