Humanitarianism is a highly-contested concept that for some critics exemplifies the organization of ‘white saviorism’ in the realm of formal institutions. For others, humanitarianism provides an ethical response to suffering by people who have lost faith in economic development and political struggle. In turn, humanitarianism can be analysed with a focus on the everyday and the individual; as a global apparatus (of oppression or solidarity or anything in between); or as a space or arena within which humanitarian action unfolds. A variety of apparently new actors have begun to populate that arena, increasingly including businesses that promise to provide technological solutions to long-standing humanitarian problems.
These new actors and interests raise important ethical and methodological ..