Monday, March 25, 2013

Can helping someone hurt them?

Earlier I posted about the problem of Lending a helping hand. Some of these issues are discussed in much greater depth in the book, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself, by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett.
I hope to read it soon.

There is a helpful summary in a review by Tim Challies. It includes the following chilling statement from the book:
one of the biggest problems in many poverty-alleviation efforts is that their design and implementation exacerbates the poverty of being of the economically rich—their god-complexes—and the poverty of being of the economically poor—their feelings of inferiority and shame.

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