David Brooks

1 The heroic humanitarian narrative: A force for good or bad?

The heroic narrative is almost irresistable as a storytelling strategy. But many in the aid and development community think it frequently does more harm than good: By implying individual, private efforts (i.e., DIY or “Do-It-Yourself” aid) are somehow superior to large-scale organizational or government-run programs when the evidence (one rebuttal…