Thursday, October 14, 2010

More About Good Intentions

I highly recommend the book, When Helping Hurts, as a Christian response to poverty. As I said in yesterday's post, good intentions aren't enough. That's especially true if they're based on faulty assumptions that lead to harmful responses. This book talks about those assumptions and offers principles and strategies for poverty alleviation, including:

• the distinction between relief, rehabilitation, and development
• the difference between asset-based and needs-based strategies
• the advantages of participatory over blueprint approaches

Click here to hear an interview from the authors. Maybe it'll whet your appetite enough to read this insightful book. It's so helpful that Cindy, one of my pastors, is using the accompanying study guide to lead a weekly discussion group.

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