The White Savior Complex is an age old topic, one that may have in recent times been given a name but has always existed. It is often found within the development, missions and aid sectors. We all know we can do better. Move aside Ken, Skipper, and Stacie: below are some of our friends, who have long ago added their voices to the conversation through both academics and satire.

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Better Volunteering Better Care is an initiative founded in 2013 by Better Care Network and Save the Children UK. The goal of the initiative is primarily to understand and share information regarding the impact of international volunteering in residential care centres (orphanages) and to raise awareness about the negative effects of volunteering in these settings.

Better Volunteering Better Care is an initiative founded in 2013 by Better Care Network and Save the Children UK. The goal of the initiative is primarily to understand and share information regarding the impact of international volunteering in residential care centres (orphanages) and to raise awareness about the negative effects of volunteering in these settings.

globalsl.org is an online research hub sponsored by more than a dozen universities, NGOs, and foundations concerned with advancing ethical global partnerships and learning.  The site amasses evidence-based tools and peer-reviewed research to advance best practices in global learning, community-university partnership, & sustainable development. 

globalsl.org is an online research hub sponsored by more than a dozen universities, NGOs, and foundations concerned with advancing ethical global partnerships and learning.  The site amasses evidence-based tools and peer-reviewed research to advance best practices in global learning, community-university partnership, & sustainable development. 

Humanitarians of Tinder: it is exactly what it sounds like. 

Humanitarians of Tinder: it is exactly what it sounds like. 

JadedAid was launched in 2015 by Jessica Heinzelman, Teddy Ruge, and Wayan Vota after realizing that existing power structures and humanitarians’ propensity to take themselves too seriously were inhibiting honest dialogue about our industry that could catalyze transformative change for improved results.

JadedAid was launched in 2015 by Jessica Heinzelman, Teddy Ruge, and Wayan Vota after realizing that existing power structures and humanitarians’ propensity to take themselves too seriously were inhibiting honest dialogue about our industry that could catalyze transformative change for improved results.

TMS Ruge is a self proclaimed angry educated African. 

TMS Ruge is a self proclaimed angry educated African. 

Jamie the Very Worst Missionary is passionate about a lot of things...one is about changing the way we do missions.    

Jamie the Very Worst Missionary is passionate about a lot of things...one is about changing the way we do missions.

 

 

WhyDev is a registered Australian non-profit committed to getting aid and development right.

WhyDev is a registered Australian non-profit committed to getting aid and development right.

Learning Service is an advocacy group dedicated to rethinking the way we look at volunteer travel. Our website is an information portal for potential volunteers, with videos, articles and downloadable toolkits to help you make a responsible choice. And you can sign up for updates about our forthcoming book!

Learning Service is an advocacy group dedicated to rethinking the way we look at volunteer travel. Our website is an information portal for potential volunteers, with videos, articles and downloadable toolkits to help you make a responsible choice. And you can sign up for updates about our forthcoming book!