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International Aid and Integral Human Development

International Aid and Integral Human Development

Philip Booth

| Acton Institute | 2011

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A distinctive mark of Christianity from its beginning has been solicitude for the poor. The source of this concern is no mystery: Jesus’ own ministry was characterized by compassion toward the marginalized and insistence on the dignity of all people.

Conventionally, church leaders have often recommended government-to-government aid transfers as a major strategy to promote development in poor nations. Philip Booth, relying on the principles of Catholic social teaching and the evidence of development economics, argues that this strategy has been in large measure a failure.

With the rise of the contemporary international system of nation-states and the advent of extraordinary economic progress within many of those nations, the Roman Catholic Church recognized a new dimension to its traditional concern for the poor. Perceiving a disturbing imbalance in levels of development among nations, Catholic pastors urged those in richer nations to remember their brothers and sisters abroad.

Author Bio

Philip Booth is editorial and program director at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and a professor at Cass Business School, City University. He was a Catholic school governor for 20 years. Booth is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford.

Booth has worked on a number of projects developing insurance and finance education in Central and Eastern Europe. He has edited and coauthored books such as Christian Perspectives on the Financial CrashCatholic Social Teaching and the Market EconomyThe Road to Economic Freedom andInvestment Mathematics. Booth is deputy editor of Economic Affairs.