This articles serves as introduction to a special issue published in Voluntaris under the same title. It conceptualizes international development volunteers as development actors and identifies gaps in knowledge about their contributions. The article also introduces a collaborative and participatory study undertaken by an international team of scholars to examine those contributions to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Tiessen, R., & Lough, B. J. (2021). Introduction: Innovations in gender equality and women’s empowerment: Understanding the role of international development volunteers as transnational actors. Voluntaris, Special issue, 7–43.