Books and Articles

If you’re interested in social justice and a better world for all, you might find these books, articles, and films interesting:


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The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam

Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang

The Aid Trap

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo

Sex, Time, and Power by Leonard Shlain

Half the Sky by Wydunn Cliff and Nicholas Kristof

How to Change the World by David Bornstein

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakuer

Ancient Futures by Helena Norberg-Hodge


Incomes, needs, rights, sponsorship and cash transfers – Wait… What?!

Haiti shows why poor communication stalls relief –report – Alert Net

A Seat at the Table: a Twitter-ful list of women crucial to foreign policy – The Levo League

Should you or shouldn’t you volunteer at a Cambodian orphanage? – Expat Living

Half The Sky; On The Ground – Webbed Feet – Interesting timeline and perspective on Kristof’s writing on sex trafficking.

My development blogging 2011 review – Development as anthropological object – an overview of development blogging in 2011.


How Ethiopia’s Adoption Industry Dupes Families and Bullies Activists – The Atlantic

Thoughts on doing no harm – Tim Hoiland – looks at two books on smart giving aimed at a religious audience.

The Truth About Foreign Aid – penelope m.c. – On a BBC 3-part podcast on foreign aid.

Donated Pills Make Some Charities Look Too Good On Paper – Forbes – on the over-valuing of medicine by nonprofits to improve their admin ratio.

Story Update – Three Cups of Deceit – Krakauer tracks the ongoing shenanigans over at CAI.

Passion Is Not Enough: The Most Common Mistakes Startup Nonprofits Make – Desiree Adaway

For those debating Sachs: Remember, it’s not REAL…. it’s economics. – Lessons I Learned

RCTs and aid effectiveness: Much to be said – How Matters – A compilation post tracking the debate on RCT’s (Randomized Control Trials) in aid.

Unintended consequences – – how much harm can doing good cause? – Nonprofit Update

Giving Wisely in 2012 – tips for donating and volunteering – Pursuit of Public Health

Alms Dealers: Can you provide humanitarian aid without facilitating conflicts?

If Not Now, When? 

To Beat Back Poverty, Pay the Poor

The Girl Effect

What Microcredit Won’t Do

What Makes Community Healthcare Work


Born Into Brothels

Half the Sky

Last Train Home

Up the Yangtze


How to Start a Revolution


Forks Over Knives

The Future of Food


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