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Do-gooders, do no harm: What are the best — and worst — ways to help those mired in international conflicts?

Yet the results of these movements are often, at best, mixed, and in some cases actually made a crisis or the plight of ... It violates that basic principle of public action: Do no harm. LS: Where ... read more

The Reality of Voluntourism: Change Takes More Than Good Intentions

A much-needed debate about voluntourism ... you can actually become really jaded. When you see things that don’t operate as they should, that organizations can’t always sustain themselves, and that ... read more

The Hidden Dangers of Volunteer Tourism

So there you have your unintended consequences: do-gooders give ... the kids aren’t really orphans. Welcome to The Bad Place. This side of orphanage tourism has rightly fueled outrage and raised ... read more

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Think Again: The Afghan Drug Trade

But just because the Taliban benefit from the heroin business doesn’t mean the heroin business ... worldwide drug cultivation — and it doesn’t — at least the do-gooders do no harm, right? No one ... read more


Cambodian orphanages scam Western children and hurt locals

The cuter the children are, the better they do. The smaller they are, the better they do. Nobody is really sure what happens ... are an unpalatable but still lucrative business. Rethink Orphanages ... read more

The Khashoggi Affair Pits Vigorous Human Rights Defense Against Idealism

If the Western business ... day come to bring harm to the very people they seek to protect because their personal feelings against particular governments are stronger than their motivation to do ... read more

Are we more interested in feeling good than actually doing good?

‘Voluntourism’ has exploded in recent years as the hottest travel trend and a rite of passage for gap year students, but experts say it’s doing more harm than good ... After all, what qualifications ... read more

‘Pro-Democracy Protests’ in Hong Kong

But is it really benign? We are talking, of course, about the ‘democracy protests’ in Hong Kong, also known as ‘the ... have shaken hands with international ‘do-gooders’, a reference to various US or ... read more

When the saviour becomes the story

Today's ‘missionaries’ are do-gooders ... of ‘voluntourism’ – trips abroad that seek to combine tourism and volunteer work. The impact on the volunteers may be life-changing or short-lived, but it’s ... read more

Songlines project sparks indigenous culture war

The Songlines project was a Trojan horse, the NPY women’s council didn’t know their place in men’s business, the ANU should keep out. “White do-gooders ... I feel really emotional and hurt that people ... read more



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