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4 Take-Aways from an Ugly Story

The Times of London recently released an article I’d consider essential reading for any person desiring to engage deep needs in our world’s most broken places. “How the Global Aid Industry Lost Its Way” builds on reports of severe and widespread sexual abuse by foreign aid workers in Haiti. Those entrusted with protection and restoration […]


Orphans and Development: Broad Perspective and Narrow Focus

A recent blog post by the insightful researcher Dr. Bruce Wydick collates and digests some of the best recent research on effective development, ranging from economic opportunity to effective government. I’d highly recommend the collection of papers to orphan care practitioners, advocates and all who care about vulnerable children.  See 12 New Papers for Development […]


More Than Good Intentions–II

Yesterday’s post highlighted the critical importance of study, preparation, reflection and diligence in seeking to serve orphans.  The assumption that good intentions are sufficient often makes for ugly outcomes.  True love always seeks to serve wisely and well. As noted, thoughtful Christians have every reason to draw from insightful researchers and effective practitioners of all […]


More Than Good Intentions

The story of philanthropy—both Christian and nonreligious—is often one of noble intention that accomplishes little.  Sometimes, it’s even made matters worse.  I remember hearing Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf put words to this dilemma a few years ago at a gathering in Washington, DC.  She described billions and billions of western aid dollars spent on her […]