On Charity

The charity season has come again.  Of course, charity exists because of people’s good intention (except for certain cases of possibly selfish motivations).  But, now, let us see some critical views (other than the well-known issue of overhead), referring to several articles in the relevant/interesting links section of our web site.  One problem is the lack of knowledge about the recipients and their situation, esp. applicable to international charity (Zegers, also relevant point in Shiva).  Some people propose alternatives: e.g., take less (again, Zegers; note the subtitle), focus on job creation (Slim), promote a financial infrastructure appropriate for the recipients’ culture (Moyo).  Maybe, it is time for all of us to re-examine what we can do, with wholesome motivations, the awareness of reality, and open mind.

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