“A little bit of good intention with a lot of money can do a lot of harm”

Gabriel Browne, a small farmer in Liberia’s Harlandville Township, took a big risk when he agreed to let Buchanan Renewables clear his farm to make space for new rubber trees as part of its project, which was supported by American foreign aid.

But, as is all too common in development, the project collapsed and the trees never materialized. Now Mr. Browne can no longer afford to educate his children.

“The youngest three are with me now. They would go to school, but there’s no money,” he said in a recent interview, using a borrowed cellphone. “They’re not learning nothing.”

Read the full story in the New York Times.