The face of development aid_ volunteers and their hosts in southern Israel

Shauna Gamzu, Pnina Motzafi-Haller

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


The current scholarship on development aid has asserted that a “transformation” of development, one that “puts people first”, is presently taking place in the particular form of volunteer aid. In southern Israel, this claim is evident in recent attempts to “strengthen” depressed “development town” communities through a movement that combines Zionist settlement with the volunteer aid of university students. Based on ethnographic work in the development town of Yeruham, this article problematises this claim by investigating the daily encounter of volunteers with members of their multiply marginalised host community. It challenges such claims of “transformation” and exposes the complex social reality of what it means to “develop” and “empower” a population routinely framed as disadvantaged and targeted for aid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-891
Number of pages16
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2016


  • Aid – Aid effectiveness
  • Civil society – NGOs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


Dive into the research topics of 'The face of development aid_ volunteers and their hosts in southern Israel'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this