Why do you think Compassion’s program has such a significant impact on a child’s education, employment and leadership?
“I think one thing that the paper points to is the importance of investing in children directly. I think, as I’ve gone through the last 5 years of this research, one thing that I’ve learned personally is that...
“Economists have focused traditionally on relieving external constraints: if people don’t have education, then we build a school; if people are in poor health, then we build a clinic or a hospital or we provide a doctor; if they need a loan, then we provide a micro-finance institution.
“But it may not be all about relieving these external constraints, that some of the most important constraints that the poor may face are internal constraints. I think the Compassion program, almost uniquely among the organizations that I’ve worked with, works on these issues of aspirations development for individual people and helping build people’s self-esteem, their spiritual relationship with God. Things that may be just as important or maybe more important - we don’t know yet - are likely to be very important in helping shape their adult life outcomes maybe as much as these external constraints.”