Give a fish or teach to fish?

Thursday, April 6, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
PSU 313

There are several traditional approaches to alleviating poverty.  One is direct assistance, which provides immediately consumable resources to the needy (give a fish).  Another is the development approach, which typically includes training/education and provision of productive resources (teach to fish).  Governments and NGOs spend much time and money on both approaches.  The optimal mix of these approaches --and even whether such an optimum exists-- is an important topic for public policy and global relief and development efforts.  How might the best approaches vary by situation, time, location, culture, and other factors?