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I read Road to Hell after a year of doing tsunami recovery work in Indonesia and found much of what he had to say quite valid, yet extremely angry. He takes organizations to task by name (lots of finger-pointing) but one can't argue with his vivid, firsthand accounts. White Man's Burden (William Easterly, the Bottom Billion (Paul Collier) and the End of Poverty (Jeff Sachs) represent the panorama of aid perspectives, to some degree at least. I can only vouch for Easterly's book which is weighty with research but insightful. A show on this topic way want to consider the role local religions (whether traditional or not) play both in community self-care (bottom-up) and as a funnel for international aid money (top-down in disguise). Both non-profits and governments distribute resources through faith-based groups, churches and mosques throughout Africa, and presumably elsewhere as well. Each major U.S. religion has a humanitarian arm and/or separate organization now -- are they doing things differently, from say, the U.S. government because of their faith?

It would be interesting to find out...