Why “Empowerment” is not really better than “Charity”

“Give a man a fish to feed him for the day” is bad advice, but not for the reasons we like to believe. In the world of nonprofit development initiatives, especially in the international scene, charity has been slammed into the ground in recent years. ¬†Critics of child sponsorship programs, food distribution projects, and all […]

On Not Being an Orphanage: Development(‘s History) vs./and Liberation

What if development, as we knew it, was inherently bad? I have not written on this blog for quite awhile, because I was reading. ¬†It was the first book I have read since college, and it was a dense, long-winded one: Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez’s “A Theology of Liberation.” Gutierrez’s basic argument is that truly Christian […]