Being altruistic can be very complex indeed. Ingrid Nanne asks how we can be truly helpful and shift focus away from gratifying, feel-good interventions to un-sexy work that's likely to take longer but have greater impact.
Each year the annual Radi-Aid awards highlight the best and worst in charity fundraising videos. It looks like there might be a clear winner this year, with a child sponsorship video that perpetuates the white saviour complex and Global South dependency.
Poverty is about power and politics. If you've never ended your own poverty, if you're not a part of the history and culture of those fighting poverty, if you don't pay taxes or vote in communities experiencing the poverty you're trying to eradicate, then you can only ever be a Sidekick - not a superhero!
Natalie Jesionka prompts us all: it's time to start being more transparent about the challenges and failures in our work.
Teddy Ruge on why we must wake up and address the conditions that allowed Louise to come and give a Coke and a toothy smile to Zimba.