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Charity does not end poverty

Charity will not end poverty, says Rev. Robert A. Sirico, Founder & President of the Acton Institute. He makes the case in this short video that it is business, innovation and jobs that will transform lives.

“Poverty does not end because people are charitable. For all of the charitable institutions that we’ve seen in the last century, these things do not account for the rise out of poverty of the poorest of the poor in the world. And, what is so ‘scandalous,’ to many people, is that what accounts for this rise out of poverty is business. It’s enterprise. It’s the application of human intelligence, of human action, of human will, of ingenuity into the economic sphere.”


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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]