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Oral history interview with Dharam Ghai, 2001

Creator: Ghai, Dharam P.
Project: United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP).
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Phys. Desc. :sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

United Nations -- ILO World Employment Programme; Research Institute for Social Development; Pearson Commission on International Development

Scope and Contents

Childhood in British-colonial Kenya; middle-class upbringing in Nairobi, Kenya; discussion of minoritarian status as South Asian in "semi-apartheid" Kenya and ensuing early appreciation of multilateralism and forms of economic cooperation through impartiality, non-discrimination and affirmative politics; university education at Oxford University during Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya; discussion of increased exposure intellectual and cultural life, and first friendships with students from developing countries and the Commonwealth; discussion of violent nature of Kenyan independence during time at Oxford University; economics professor at Makerere University College in Uganda during independence struggle and early work on development economics; discussion of multidisciplinary East African Institute of Social Research and subsequent development projects; eventual position as director of East African Institute of Social Research and subsequent movement away from teaching; commentary on work for the World Bank funded Pearson Commission, December 1969 to August 1970, discussion of the Robert McNamara funded Pearson Commission's role in building support for development assistance; discussion of extensive work with least-developed countries (LDCs); discussion of the ILO report on employment in Kenya and subsequent change in understanding of value of informal sector, and minimum standard of living; discussion of gender studies influence on the ILO and subsequent adoption of convention of home based work, and rural women migrant workers; in late 1970s director of ILO: Rural Employment Policies Branch and subsequent expanded work on women workers; 1987, director of UNRISD (UN Research Institute for Social Development; discussion of global conferences and their importance in increasing awareness and sensitivity to gender, the environment, and population issues


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Copyright by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2001

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