Whether it’s aiding the victims of natural disasters, wars, and famines, or helping refugees seek opportunity and prosperity in a new country, the goal of humanitarian aid is the betterment of those who have found themselves in extremely difficult situations with very little ability to survive without help. It’s not easy to persevere in the face of massive tragedy, but many feel called to alleviate the suffering of others while helping them to maintain a sense of dignity. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.
The debate over foreign aid often pits those who mistrust "charity" against those who mistrust reliance on the markets. Jacqueline Novogratz proposes a middle way she calls patient capital, with promising examples of entrepreneurial innovation driving social change.