Globaldev careers: The photographer

Photographer Esther Ruth Mbabazi shares her experience and what it takes to be a photographer in the global development sector. Photo by: Mark Thiessen / National Geographic

LONDON — Photography plays a crucial role in development communications, helping donors and the public connect with people around the world that development organizations aim to support and telling the story of this work.

It has also long been a controversial area, however, often accused of propagating a white savior narrative and replicating stereotypes. International development organizations still often fly European or American professionals in to photograph the communities they work with in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

About the author

  • William Worley

    William Worley is the U.K. Correspondent for Devex, covering DFID and British aid. Previously, he reported on international affairs, policy, and development. He also worked as a reporter for the U.K. national press, including the Times, Guardian, Independent, and i Paper. His reportage has included work on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, drought in Madagascar, the "migrant caravan" in Mexico, and Colombia’s peace process. He can be reached at