Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel.
Brian Fikkert is a professor of economics and the founder and executive director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. Fikkert earned a PhD in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland-College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.
Steve Corbett is the community development specialist for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development and an assistant professor in the department of economics and community development at Covenant College. Previously, Corbett worked for Food for the Hungry International as the regional director for Central and South America and as director of staff training. Steve has a BA from Covenant College and a MEd in adult education from the University of Georgia.