It is important to ask how our ideas about “helping” manifest themselves, because these deeper motivations show up in our work. If you grew up as white and in the U.S. as I did, most often people start from a place of charity. There was a lot of “othering” in the environment where I grew up. A phrase commonly used, “over there” [in reference to any other country], indicates how they see people and places that are not related to their own life.
The aid world is still a boy’s game. While women are represented among the workforce in proportional numbers, this is not the case among the leadership. We are playing by someone else’s rules.