Good intentions sometimes lead to negative consequences for the communities we seek to help. When traveling to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Greg and his team realized we need to reverse the paradigm of service. What if we did research in the communities we seek to help before designing interventions?
Greg Hodgin is the Executive Director of Peacebuilding Solutions and a Doctoral Candidate of Political Science at Georgia State University. Peacebuilding Solutions is a revolutionary non-profit organization dedicated to empowering displaced communities. Through this organization, Mr. Hodgin has seen first-hand the debilitating effects of international humanitarian work that fails to take into account the very communities they are attempting to help. At times, their work makes the situation worse than if they had never intervened at all. Mr. Hodgin’s research interest in international institutions has pushed him to re-examine the world of international aid as it exists today. The ground-up, community-based work that Peacebuilding Solutions has begun in Haiti, as well as the extensive dissertation research on development and humanitarian aid, provide unique insight into the problems that today’s non-profit world face.
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