The devastation of the Haiti earthquakes and the lack of infrastructure for responding to the disaster have deepened an ongoing debate over foreign aid, international development, and helping the poorest of the world's poor. Jacqueline Novogratz, whose Acumen Fund is reinventing that landscape with what it calls "patient capitalism," is charting a third way between investment for profit and aid for free.
David Brooks' prescription for, and Binyavanga Wainaina's criticism of, foreign aid leaves a question unanswered.
When do charity and aid help, and when are they counterproductive? A video from one group's perspective.