- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (June 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802457053
- ISBN-13: 978-0802457059
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 786 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Yourself Paperback – June 24, 2009
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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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I especially like the way the author has the readers examine their own thoughts and actions at the forefront of each chapter and then reevaluate at the end of each chapter. He not only gives gives very tangible examples through stories of of others who have learned from their mistakes, but gives concrete examples of
How to move forward in a healthy and more productive way.
My singles group studied this book together, making learning and application very interesting and fun.
“When Helping Hurts...” is a very important book. Authors are trying to solve the problem, why our help doesn’t help poor people. And even makes the situation more devastating. Authors gave a very good answer in the book. We left “poor” without any responsibilities for their life. They are still living people, mature and adult, not small babies.
Money never help, doesn’t matter what amount you will give, it will not change situation. When my family and I came to US in 1989 as refugees, I found a job in the second day without any English. Look what churches are doing now. They provide housing, food, ESL, money for refugees for years; they create dependents. These people lost all responsibilities for their own life; they just wait for next check, food; doing absolutely nothing.
I hope this book will open many eyes regarding this problem, showing what real help really means.