The aid industry might be having its #MeToo moment, but sexual exploitation is just a symptom of a more fundamental issue: the neo-colonial structures through which most aid is delivered in disaster and conflict areas. If this is not addressed, no amount of independent investigating committees and hotlines will solve the problem. I have been an aid
The aid industry is steeped in colonialist ideology. Recipients of aid are exploited, marginalized and worst of all, their efforts to improve their own circumstances are written off, if not blocked by the NGO’s that claim to help them.