There's nothing better than helping those in need. What I have not seen in the few articles - mostly anecdotal - I have come accross on this topic, is any appraisal of what I consider to be several major factors in this approach.
- how much benefit does simply monitoring behaviour have? If a family were given nothing but a periodic ongoing contact aiming to measure their welfare, this alone may effect a shift in behaviour toward accountability, reflections, comparisons of values etc
- acknowledgement also goes along way. Communicating with an authority who has a genuine interest and concern for your welfare must have an effect also
- if cash were received without explanation, anonymously, without overt monitoring of behaviour (of course privacy issues prevent this course of action in practice) would the outcomes be the same? e.g. if a bag with a small or large amount of money were found, or an inheritance or a gift, with no expectation to divulge facts to family or community, would different behaviour ensue?
I am just interested in isolating what must be in itself a very complex set of factors. I think understanding these factors in behaviour would help a lot. I assume phychological studies have been done but it just occured to me here...
A donation with an expectation that it will be used to improve welfare, I think the crucial thing here is the expectation, and the genuine sense of care and concern that comes with it.