As Christians, we are commanded to love the poor. But what happens when that same desire to love actually leads to harm? How can good intentions result in bad outcomes? We’ll examine these questions by watching the first episode of the newly-released PovertyCure DVD series. Entitled Charity that Hurts, this segment explains how foreign aid programs and international organizations tasked with helping developing countries have hindered their escape from poverty. With the upcoming papal conclave and the possibility of a new Pope from the developing world, such issues could very well rise to the top of the Catholic social agenda in the near future. Stay ahead of the curve by joining our discussion.
Kishore Jayabalan is director of Istituto Acton, the Acton Institute's Rome office. Formerly, he worked for the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace as an analyst for environmental and disarmament issues and desk officer for English-speaking countries. Kishore Jayabalan earned a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In college, he was executive editor of The Michigan Review and an economic policy intern for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He worked as an international economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C. and then graduated with an M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto.
Date and Time:
Thursday, 21 February 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm (antipasto begins at 6:30 pm).
Istituto Acton, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 294 (5th floor), Rome
PovertyCure DVD Series: Episode 1 - Charity That Hurts (watch video clip). Full video will be shown during seminar.
Wine and Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Feel free to bring a friend.