When Helping Hurts

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

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With more than 300,000 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."show more

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  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • Moody Press,U.S.
  • Chicago, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
  • 0802409989
  • 9780802409980
  • 10,953

About Steve Corbett

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."show more

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Good Intentions Are Not EnoughUnleashing and equipping people to effectively help the poor requires repentance and the realization of our own brokenness. "When Helping Hurts" articulates a biblically based framework concerning the root causes of poverty and its alleviation.A path forward is found, not through providing resources "to" the poor, but by walking "with" them in humble relationships.Whether you re involved in short-term missions or the long-term empowerment of the poor, this book helps teach you three key areas: . Foundational Concepts "Who are the poor?". Principles "Should we do relief, rehabilitation, or development?". Strategies "How can we help people effectively here and abroad?""show more