Most overseas aid workers remain largely cut off from the people they are in emergency settings to help.
Shocking allegations of abuse by Oxfam aid workers in Haiti are testament to how badly the aid sector needs deep, systemic reform.
A huge majority of humanitarian employees are local to the country of intervention, but their motivations and pressures are often misunderstood.
Last month South Sudan announced a dramatic increase in the cost of aid-worker permits from $100 to $10,000. It's now backtracked on the decision.