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Why Should We CARE About Aid and Development? An Interview With Dora Ward Curry Ashley Hoffman Elon University As a psychologist, I consistently find myself interested in the pursuits of other people and how and why they engage in the lives of their family, friends, and community. As a humanitarian work psychologist, I am partic- ularly compelled to understand and engage in the work of people who go beyond them- selves and work in a capacity that serves the greater good, especially in times of crisis and need. Although there are some excellent global initiatives happening currently (e.g., the Sustainable Development Goals, which I will highlight in the next issue of TIP), some of the most pressing issues are the human rights crises that continue to occur globally and, more specifically, those events occurring presently in the Syrian region. I would imagine most of us remain at least passively abreast of the continuing refugee crisis in Syria. However, from a basic social psychology perspective, it is highly likely that we will remain firmly rooted in our passive concern without active regard to the situation at hand. This is why I am pleased to introduce you to Dora Ward Curry. Dora works for CARE International, which is a coali- tion of organizations working toward poverty reduction in 90 countries around the world. I’ll let Dora tell you a bit more about herself, her work, and how psychologists can continue to be involved in the pursuit of responsible aid and development. AH: Hi Dora! Tell me a little more about yourself, your back- ground, and how you got engaged in humanitarian aid and development work. DC: During college I thought I wanted to be a doctor. I entered a public health program to strengthen my application to med- ical school. During the first class in the global health course curriculum, Dr. Stanley Foster told a story of breaking a record number of bamboo bridges in the quest to eradicate smallpox. 70 January 2016, Volume 53, Number 3