A new kind of mission: The volunteer graduate scheme and the cultural history of international development

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    This article contributes to the cultural history of humanitarianism and international development by tracing the origins of development volunteering programs, which are a key point of public interaction with foreign aid and international development. Australia’s Voluntary Graduate Scheme was established in 1951. This article traces the program’s first decade, tracing its interactions with postcolonial politics, international development policy, and colonial discourses and missionary Christianity, and situating it within the geopolitical contexts of Australian-Indonesian relations, Asian decolonisation and the Cold War. It concludes by tracing VGS’s influence on subsequent programs including Britain’s VSO and the United States Peace Corps, revealing the significance of the Volunteer Graduate Scheme to the history of humanitarianism and international development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)369-387
    Number of pages18
    JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
    Volume62
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    A new kind of mission : The volunteer graduate scheme and the cultural history of international development. / Sobocinska, Agnieszka Maria.

    In: Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 62, No. 3, 2016, p. 369-387.

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