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

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Moody Publishers, Jan 24, 2014 - Religion - 288 pages
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With more than 450,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation.

Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good.

But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself.

Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out. 


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User Review  - dmmagic - LibraryThing

I was interested in the subject conveyed in the title: when can trying to help people instead cause harm? This book answers that to some extent and gave me a lot to think about. But as someone who isn ... Read full review

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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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Foreword 2009
Opening Exercise
Foundational Concepts for Helping Without
Are We There Yet?
General Principles for Helping Without Hurting
Practical Strategies for Helping Without Hurting
Yes in Your Backyard
And to the Ends of the Earth
Getting Started on Helping Without Hurting
The Community Organizing Process in North
Concluding Remarks

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About the author (2014)

Steve Corbett is the Community Development Specialist for the Chalmers Center at Covenant College and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College.

Brian Fikkert is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center at Covenant College, as well as a Professor of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College.

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