Nate Rabe

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Nate Rabe, an India born American/Australian, began his aid career in the late 1980s with the U.N. in Pakistan. For nearly 30 years he worked in senior roles in the field and in the headquarters of international NGOs including Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Save the Children and the Red Cross. He recently decided to leave the aid sector to pursue his writing and photography, a process he documents in his blog Life After Aid. His second novel, "The Shah of Chicago" is due to be published later in 2016. He currently lives and works out of Melbourne Australia.

Latest Articles

Life after aid work: Beating the addiction
23 Feb 2016

Nathan Rabe explained the vast gap between expectation and reality in aid in his first two posts. Now he details the well-trodden path of a gradual, rescheduled and repeatedly delayed departure from the sector. The last of a three-part series on what's next after aid work.

Life after aid work: Heading for the exit
9 Feb 2016

Nathan Rabe already explained one gut-wrenching — and career-changing — field experience. Now allow him to dive deeper into the gaping hole between expectation and reality in the sector. The second of a three-part series on what's next after aid work.

Life after aid work: When the ground begins to shake
26 Jan 2016

It's been more than 30 years since aid worker Nathan Rabe joined the sector. He has countless stories, but first allow him to tell the tale of how he got his start — and how long it took him to begin asking tough questions about the wrong he saw taking place in the field. The first of a three-part series on what's next after aid work.