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Letter from Kurt Hoffman director of the Shell Foundation

The Guardian: Letters

Friday April 18 2008

Tristram Hunt misses a key point when he suggests governments and charities are better suited to tackling social issues than the growing breed of “philanthrocapitalist” – who are applying business and market thinking to social issues (The business of giving, April 17). Many of these new actors have been motivated precisely because governments and charities have failed for decades to deliver, particularly in the developing world, where the delivery of aid has an atrocious record. Do we want to continue with the status quo or apply some fresh, inherently efficient and potentially very effective thinking to find new solutions to old problems? I would suggest the latter.

Kurt Hoffman
Director, Shell Foundation

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