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The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
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Jan 02, 12

One of the best books to explain the difference between philanthropic giving and philanthropic self-gratification, the effectiveness of microloans versus handouts, that I've ever read. While Novogratz's tone is rather dry, the message, especially In the last quarter of this book, is so vital to understanding why pure charity often fails to make lasting change in the attempt to eradicate poverty. With no easy solutions but plenty of thought-provoking ideas, this is easily one of the best books I've read on trying to aid third world populations. Making a strong argument for both listening to, and relying on, carefully selected recipients and local aid workers to help implement lasting change, the Blue Sweater is right up there with "Half the Sky" by Nick Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn in its pragmatic bid for making broad change in communities by aiding women in meaningful ways that, as she cannily points out, don't confirm both sides rather biased beliefs about each other.
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