Be careful about providing charity to the developing world.

It is true that in many cases, our providing of charity to the developing world undercuts the development of local providers. When we provide food, it undercuts local farmers. When we provide shoes, it undercuts local shoe sellers. When we provide eye glasses, it under cuts local eye glass sellers. We must be very mindful about the unintended consequences of our charity. Yes, we need to provide temporary, life-saving disaster help, but we must be very careful about what we provide beyond that.

Related Register article:

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/07/24/doctor-should-shift-model-charity-health-care-development/492348001/

One thought on “Be careful about providing charity to the developing world.

  1. Well said, Kurt. I was recently watching a TV show, I don’t remember which one, when one of the main characters said that charity can be deadly. In the case of the register article and your comments, the death is that of the local economy. When individuals or nations become too dependent on charity, big govrrnment, or Socialism to meet their needs it suppresses the economic factors that would allow them to better their lives. I find it reprehensible that the developing countries of the 1960s and 70s are, in many cases, still the developing countries of today. To paraphrase an old adage, there is far too much handing people a fish rather than teaching them to fish.

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