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    Meg Gardner

    One of my major “wow” moments at IFC was when Anshu talked about “victims of charity” during the closing keynote. He posited that “charity” in many cases helps solve immediate problems but not their underlying causes. That it’s a Band-Aid of sorts and as such, it creates victims of charity… people who benefit in the short term by receiving food, etc., but who aren’t shown a way out that will improve their situations over the long haul. And it begged the question … do charities really exist to eradicate problems or to keep themselves in “business?” How are you feeling about that?

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    Jan Illes

    There is a brilliant foodbanks programme in the UK which not only feeds people but also helps them escape the cycle of poverty by providing a range of other services, effectively turning foodbanks into community hubs of a kind. You can read more about that here. That’s very much in the spirit of the point Anshu was making in his plenary talk (which available to watch here by the way).

    However, I’d be careful with using a label like that – victims of charity – because that readily lends itself to a misuse for ideological purposes – very much not in the spirit of Anshu’s talk.

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