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Don’t assume you know what’s best for people in need. Instead, ask them. Then “shut up and listen!”


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Good intentions are not good enough. As sustainable development expert Ernesto Sirolli explains, the wrong kind of help is worse than no help at all. It wastes money and, in some cases, does more harm than good. He suggests that the first step in any aid effort should always be to listen to the locals, one-on-one if possible. getAbstract proposes you laugh and learn along with Sirolli’s heartfelt lecture.

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  • Why most foreign aid programs are ineffective,
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In the 1970s, foreign aid expert Ernesto Sirolli worked for an Italian nongovernmental organization that founded an agricultural project in Zambia. It planted crops in a valley along...
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Ernesto Sirolli is an international expert in sustainable economics and development.

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