Social Workers Without Borders are concerned that the humanitarian efforts that exist today focus little on the psychosocial burden of vulnerable people. Inadequate knowledge of working with people who are traumatized can be very damaging to those people who are met by "helpers" without adequate expertise. It can lead to retraumatization, exploitation and further hopelessness. The cornerstones of social work are equality, help for self-help and care. Our aim is that humanitarian operations and development projects preserve psycosocial policy guidelines.
Furthermore, Social Workers Without Borders shall contribute to humanitarian efforts being characterized by a long-term mindset where focusing on reconstruction and development following humanitarian crises must be essential. In this work it is important to cooperate with communities and strengthen the resources that already exist among the people. Social Workers Without Borders wishes to be a supplement with another academic focus on the humanitarian efforts already in the international arena.