Here & There Podcast

Here & There Podcast S02E27 - The Problem With Poverty - July 2, 2016

July 5, 2016

In Robert Lupton's book, Toxic Charity, Lupton has strong things to say to materially rich ‪#‎Christians‬ about ‪#‎money‬, ‪#‎power‬, and ‪#‎dependency‬. Two statistics from his book include:
* ‪#‎Africa‬ has received $1 trillion in benevolent aid in the last 50 years, and per capita income is now lower, life expectancy has stagnated, and adult literacy is lower.
* U.S. missions teams who rushed to ‪#‎Honduras‬ to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Mitch spent on average $30,000 per home—homes locals could have built for $3,000 each.
No one wants to think their generosity hurts people, but books like Dead Aid and When Helping Hurts have alerted us to the problem. So what is going on? The answer is complex and involves issues of basic economics, power, dependency, and bad motives.
In the Season 2 penultimate episode of the Here & There Podcast, I sit down with Mark Crocker of to talk ‪#‎relief‬, ‪#‎development‬, ‪#‎ownership‬, ‪#‎partnership‬, ‪#‎simplesolutions‬ and ‪#‎doingnoharm‬. Comments and discussion is both welcomed and encouraged!