Don’t mind me while I type here and pick my brain…

Research Article

What is mission work?

  • Explanation
  • History, description, key players, roles, policies, and controversies
  • The Humanitarian Charter
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Sphere Process
  • “Do no harm method”
    • 47 Ethical Challenges of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Making lives better or worse?
  • Religious vs non-religious
  • White Savior

Who are the people doing mission work?

  • Specific people, groups, organizations
    • Are any notorious for something good or bad?
  • Touch more in depth on a person with a religious motive vs without religious motive
  • Explain the roles of a missionary, humanitarian worker, donor, or field worker
    • What do they do that could be seen as controversial or beneficial?
    • What have they done in the past that could be seen as controversial or beneficial?
  • What are specific experiences from these workers? Both good & bad.

Who are the beneficiaries?

  • Who is benefited or hurt by humanitarian work?
  • Are there specific groups “targeted” to receive this type of work?
  • Why are certain groups seeing larger amounts of aid compared to others who are not?
  • Touch on unequal exchange (it will be magnified in the “cons” section in arguments)

Relations between “donors & recipients”

  • Start this section with the quote on interaction followed by the 3 effects
    • 425 When is Foreign Aid Selfish, when is it Selfless?
  • Laws and regulations
  • How are interactions for the donor? What are their benefits/consequences?
  • How are interactions for the recipient? What are their benefits/consequences?
  • “Strategic importance”
    • 423 When is Foreign Aid Selfish, when is it Selfless?
  • What policies or models are used when giving/receiving aid?
    • “Remain in office by engaging in an aid-for-policy deal”
      • 423 as well
    • What is the ultimate goal the relationship wants to achieve?
    • What is a consequence the relationship wants to avoid?
    • Use both highlighted sections as a transition to Disasters and Humanitarianism
      • 358 Humanitarianism and Unequal Exchange
      • 359 Humanitarianism and Unequal Exchange

Disasters and Humanitarianism

  • “The Humanitarian Gift”
    • Use as a Segway from relations to this section
      • 358 Humanitarianism and Unequal Exchange
    • Incorporate roles of the NGOs
  • “World Systems” approach
    • 357 Humanitarianism and Unequal Exchange
  • Sociological & anthropological perspectives
    • 357 Humanitarianism and Unequal Exchange
  • “Event-centric” & “state-centric” studies

Arguments (Pros vs Cons)

  • Humanitarianism & Unequal Exchange
    • Use as Segway from Disaster & Humanitarianism to this section
      • 359 Humanitarianism and Unequal Exchange
    • Touch back on “The Humanitarian Gift”
    • Exemplify the term through the disaster in India
      • What were the consequences & benefits?
    • Introduce “public-private partnership”
      • 359 Humanitarianism and Unequal Exchange
    • Are we damaging or improving someone else’s country/culture?
      • Examples of good vs bad
      • Case studies
      • What policies come into play?
    • Touch on the idea of cultural relativism
    • When is imperialism present?
      • Is it beneficial or harmful?
      • How does Relations between “donors & recipients” come into play

Applied Project

Using knowledge from my work with, I will build a page informing people on ways to create their own mission trip based off of personal experiences this summer and years in the past!


  1. Touch on RA and segway from how humanitarian assistance can be helpful rather than harmful, explain why it is important to have humanitarians in the world.
  2. Walk the reader through a step by step plan on how to create your own service trip. Be sure to go in depth.
  3. Explanation on how important it is to be aware of the term “dignity”. Preach the importance of representing yourself and your country while in another person’s culture. Talk about privilege and its effects. Incorporate your own experience with privilege and how it impacted your own values of wrong vs right.  Explain what it means to be human and how resources are effective.
  4. Talk about how to be a “conscientious humanitarian”. Guidelines on, what to do, what to say and how to act when immersing yourself in another culture.
  5. Lastly, talk about your experience as a conscientious humanitarian, include “casa digna”. Create a hyperlink from interviews you had with board members from the organization you volunteer for.

2 thoughts on “Don’t mind me while I type here and pick my brain…”

  1. A good start here. When you flesh these out a bit, let me know via email and I will look at this work again! If you don’t want to write more on each of them, at least fill in more detail on the 2 you are leaning towards in each category… This seems like a fine start, but it’s hard to tell from these snippets! 🙂

  2. I heard you talk about this in the end of our last class. Cool topic to talk about and learn about for your research articles. How are the places people do mission work even chosen, who decides who gets help and who doesn’t get help? I’m kinda unfamiliar with the topic so there isn’t much I can give you for suggestions. However I think both Your research article and your applied project which ever topics you choose would be really interesting to read. A lot of what your looking at brings up the ethics of it all.

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