When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself

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Moody Publishers, Jun 24, 2009 - Religion - 240 pages
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Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves.  When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications.  The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel.

A situation is assessed for whether relief, rehabilitation, or development is the best response to a situation.  Efforts are characterized by an "asset based" approach rather than a "needs based" approach. Short term mission efforts are addressed and economic development strategies appropriate for North American and international contexts are presented, including microenterprise development.
  

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User Review  - mreed61 - LibraryThing

The thing that is helpful to me about this book so far is that this is what I do - help the homeless and poor. It's one thing to give a man a fish to eat for a day. It's another thing to teach a man ... Read full review

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Well, i had just written a thorough review but my computer crashed and completely lost it just seconds before saving it, so .... I will just tell you that this is a very good book!! Recommended to ... Read full review

Contents

Forword
Preface
Opening Exercise
Introduction
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Concluding Remarks
Notes
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

STEVE CORBETT is the Community Development Specialist for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College. Previously, Steve worked for Food for the Hungry International as the Regional Director for Central And South America and as Director of Staff Training. Steve has a B.A. from covenant College and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.

DR. BRIAN FIKKERT is a Professor of Economics and the founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland--College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.

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