Indonesia | Economics

Friday, September 22, 2006

Ramadan is here...

...and along with it, the seasonal migration of beggars into Jakarta. So, it's perhaps the appropriate time to refer you to this old post. Here is a snippet:
So, here is the lesson: To help the poor, you should restrain from giving to ensure that the total amounts of your gifts is so low that (a) it discourages the use of children; and (b) it discourages organised begging. Of course, this is not the only lesson. Another lesson is this: To really help the poor, you really have to want to help the poor – there is no such thing as a free lunch.

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