What Collaboration Is Not (Highlights)

Description: The common perception of poverty as the lack of material wealth often results in a hurtful approach to collaboration. Every person, regardless of their socioeconomic status, is created in the image of God and, therefore, has unique gifts and talents. Collaboration should focus on identifying these gifts and talents in a community and working together to bring it to full flourishing.

These are the highlights from the message delivered by Brian Fikkert, executive director of The Chalmers Center for Economic Development and co-author of When Helping Hurts, at our CG2015 conference.

Why This Matters: These highlights are an incredible and inspiring summary of the message of his book When Helping HurtsIn just a few minutes, you can begin to learn the chief problem with most current approaches to poverty alleviation and how to do it differently.

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Dr. Brian Fikkert is the founder and executive director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, a research and training center that is dedicated to helping churches and missionaries to declare the kingdom of God by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation to the poor. Brian also serves as a professor of economics and community development at Covenant College. Brian received a Ph.D. in economics with highest honors from Yale University, and a B.A. in mathematics from Dordt College. Specializing in Economic Development and International Economics, Brian has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development. He has published articles in both leading academic and popular journals and has recently co-authored the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself (Moody Publishers). Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector. He, his wife Jill, and their three children live in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he is an active member of New City Fellowship Presbyterian Church (PCA).