A decade ago, many in the development community acted with the best of intentions, but without the best of evidence. If households lack clean water, help build wells; if people suffer ill health, improve health services; if the poor lack capital to start businesses, give them credit. Reality is more complicated than the best intentions allow. Well water can be contaminated, people don’t always use their local clinic, and savings or insurance for some may be better then credit. When resources are limited (and when aren’t they?), we should strive to do the most good with the resources we have.
July 01, 2010