International relief action has become much professionalised and is the better for it. But are the continued professionalisation and technological innovations driving out the fundamental ‘humanity’ and ‘compassion’ in our engagement with crisis-affected people? Is our concentration on ‘vulnerability’, ‘data-driven decision-making’ and ‘effectiveness-at-scale’ unintentionally depriving those we seek to help of ‘agency’, of the ability to regain more control over their lives and the decisions that affect it? Is our desire to communicate to and with affected people, in practice impeding their effective participation? Explore these questions with us here.