Good And Bad Ways To Help Those In Poverty

Madagascar has had me thinking a lot about poverty.  Perhaps you are too.  Below are links to two articles I found interesting, and perhaps you might find them enlightening as well.  If you only have time to read one, I would choose the second.  The first is perhaps more entertaining, but the second has more practical information.

Article One: The Seven Worst International Aid Ideas

This article is from a blog and helps underline the fact that not every idea, however well-meaning, is a good one.  However, I actually find the article itself a bit more disturbing than the 7 bad ideas themselves simply because it offers no positive alternative.  It just sounds cynical to me.  I’m afraid that cynicism is a too common feeling when discussing international aid: everyone thinks of all the bad ideas and that is about it.  My concern is that people are content with criticizing bad ideas, without searching for and coming up with good ideas.  That being said, the blog post is enlightening.

Article Two: Cost-Effective Compassion: The 10 Most Popular Strategies for Helping the Poor

This article from Christianity Today asks economists to rate several different types of aid programs.  Not all the thoughts are positive, but I enjoy the fact that this article seems more optimistic than the former.

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