Category: Aid

Ebola and the failure of the West to react

*Liam Maddrell Brisbane 15th September 2014 (Alochonaa): Last week’s ‘Ebola scare’ on the Gold Coast in Australia highlighted yet again the dangers and fears associated with this virus, and why governments around the world, particularly in the affluent West need to start treating the ongoing epidemic in West […]

Volunteer Aid and Tourism – A Critical Overview

Drawing from his own experiences in Timor Leste, Simon Katterl critically evaluates the structural flaws of the volunteer aid and tourism trend, known as ‘voluntourism’. The author argues there is a lack of accountability available to the recipients of aid – if the aid organisation fails, there is no recourse for aid recipients. While aid organisations must self-impose such regulations, it is currently unclear what ethos prevail in ‘voluntourism’.