National humanitarians: you are invited to share your voice

Posted on: February 19, 2019 | By: Tom Arcaro | Filed under: 'Global South' survey

“Humanitarian and development organizations are a hidden world where injustice is prevailing. This research is very important as it focuses on hearing voices of humanitarian and development workers that try to contribute in changing the lives of needy but are being pulled back by injustices. Please take the time to have your voice heard.”

-Sammel Lemma, Ethiopian humanitarian

Listening to humanitarians from the ‘Global South’

Our invitation to share your voice
If you are a humanitarian worker (aid or development) from the so-called ‘global South’ you are invited to share your views by responding to our global survey. More detailed information about this research can be found linked here and you can meet the research team here.

By ‘global South’ we mean people from nations in red in the image to the right.

There are two versions of the survey, each in three languages. The ‘long version’ with 50 questions may take near 30 minutes to complete. Please take this version if you have the time.

The ‘short version’ with 25 questions should take about 15 minutes or less.

Please take the one version that fits your schedule and interests the best. Any gift of time you take completing the survey is deeply appreciated.

This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Elon University.

Links to all versions:

Long versions (50 questions)

English (long version)
French (long version)
Arabic (long version)
Bangla (long version)


Short versions (25 questions)
English (short version)  National humanitarians from the ‘Global South’ Short Version
French (short version)   
Arabic (short version)  
Bangla (short version)

Below are the full urls for all versions:

Long versions (50 questions)
English (long version):
French (long version):
Arabic (long version):
Bangla (long version):

Short versions (25 questions)
English (short version):
French (short version):
Arabic (short version):
Bangla (short version):


Below is the invitation to participate as it appears on the survey:

Our purpose
The purpose of this survey is to learn about the views and lives of national humanitarian workers. More specifically, we want to hear from humanitarians who are from the so-called ‘Global South’.  Our goals are to share this knowledge with the humanitarian (aid and development) community.

This survey covers a wide range of topics. Though most questions require only a short answer, you are encouraged to offer additional insights in the spaces provided throughout. Your written responses are all OPTIONAL, but please take the time to offer your views if at all possible.

Please be confident that this survey is completely anonymous (including the IP address) and that nothing you say can or will be attributed to you individually or to your organization.  Express your views freely.

This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Elon University.

The summary results of this survey will be made available to all respondents in a timely and appropriate fashion soon after the survey is closed. You can look for updates and the results at

Thank you in advance for your gift of time and effort completing this survey. Please feel free to make other colleagues aware of this survey by passing on the url via email or social media. 

Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or would like to be interviewed for this research.

Tom Arcaro

Tom Arcaro is a professor of sociology at Elon University. He has been researching and studying the humanitarian aid and development ecosystem for nearly two decades and in 2016 published 'Aid Worker Voices'. He recently published his second and third books related to the humanitarians sector with 'Confronting Toxic Othering' published in 2021 and 'Dispatches from the Margins of the Humanitarian Sector' in 2022. A revised second edition of 'Confronting Toxic Othering' is now available from Kendall Hunt Publishers

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