Tag Archives: Aid workers

The myth of “the field”

There are few fixtures of the aid industry as romantic as “the field.” No other grail is so fervently sought among bright-eyed, hopeful students and newbies as the field. Yet J. argues this is a damaging concept, and further that the field doesn't even exist....
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Travel is not education

Well-travelled aid workers often believe that their travels serve as an important form of education, and feel superior to those who don't travel. But Allison Smith argues that it's time to stop with the arrogance. Travel is not education, as it is not an antidote for ignorance and it is...
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52 things you will never hear an aid worker say

Aid workers say a lot of crazy things, some of which barely pass for English ("This participatory approach will ensure sustainability to build capacity to manage community groups and establish linkages with other stakeholders"). But there are limits. Here are 52 things we will, under no conditions, say. ...
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Send them to the field!

Most development workers spend their time in city centres packed with other expats. Alison Rabe makes the case that this perpetuates concentration of power in city centres, that it deprives development workers of the experiences they wanted, and that it is just less efficient. Her solution? Send them to the...
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