Offering aid to people across national borders suffering from the effects of poverty, conflict or natural disaster is an obvious expression of compassion and human solidarity. However, through the 20th Century and into the 21st the delivery of aid became increasingly professionalised. This talk explains why we need to reinvigorate the ‘aid industry’ through the greater involvement of ordinary citizens.
Jason Hart is an anthropologist who lectures on international development at the University of Bath. His work over the last 20 years has focussed on refugee and war-affected children, attending particularly to the forms of support provided by aid organisations.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at