Keith Wright :: Are local partners necessary for effective relief work?

  • “When I see effective work, it’s almost exclusively effective because it’s ‘walking with’ [local people],” says Keith Wright, International President of Food for the Hungry. Americans need to be careful of thinking of our government, money and aid efforts as the solution to Third World problems. “We as a community can get very excited about seeing results we want to see; sometimes the outcomes to these complex problems are different than we might have expected, because the context is something that’s very different from our own.”

    Fun fact: when Food for the Hungry enters a community, they typically commit to a minimum of ten years partnering with that community.

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