Chequebook absolution

A lmost a generation ago, Robert Kaplan’s seminal article The Coming Anarchy in Atlantic Monthly was an etching of Haiti. Outside my hotel in Port-au-Prince was a collision of the horsemen galloping through the piece: disease, environmental degradation, local thugs...

Knock, knock

Home for three weeks now and the bones are buried again, back in their usual spot under the floorboards. Travel in areas of absolute poverty and you soon confront questions that have no answers. Questions that get packed away upon landing, a standard part of the...

Riding after the horsemen

I think the church’s urge to help after international emergencies or in the face of global absolute poverty needs to be tempered by humility. The frequent – and perhaps understandable – desire to do something when confronted by televised disasters...

Getting off the poor

Foreign aid overhaul in the UK Last week the new British government said that despite being almost completely broke, it wasn’t going to balance its books on the backs of the poor. In his first major speech International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell...