More reactions to NYT’s Kristof DIY foreign aid idea

Journalists are always looking to stir up discussions and Nick Kristof certainly has caused a stir with his celebration of individual efforts in development, or as he called it DIY foreign aid.

I posted last week to refer readers to Dave Algoso’s article in Foreign Policy in which Algoso took the ubiquitous New York Times columnist to task for being simplistic and potentially harmful. Foreign aid, Algoso said, could be made much worse by a Do-It-Yourself revolution.

For those interested in the ongoing debate, see this link at Good Intentions Are Not Enough.


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