Many of the binaries between the Global North and the Global South have not changed in over a century. Terminologies & technology have drastically evolved but power dynamics remain the same.
DecolonizeDevelopment.org will be a resource highlighting perspectives, initiatives, and experiences that challenge practitioners to recognize the colonial foundations of the international development sector. Understanding how these historical threads are woven across the policies and practices of non-governmental organizations, technical assistance firms, philanthropic actors, and multi-lateral institutions can help illuminate the need for a new paradigm of global aid.
With the increasing availability of publications, webinars, and media that offer opportunities for learning and introspection, there is a growing need to aggregate this information in a meaningful, accessible way. Amid new attention on a long-standing problem, it is vital that those most affected by neocolonial holdovers of the aid industry are centered in discussion and the decisions that follow.
The objective of DecolonizeDevelopment.org is simple: provide context and resources that help practitioners understand calls to shift power and decolonize the humanitarian and global aid industry. For us, decolonizing international development means that we are creating the conditions that render the sector obsolete.
As both a resource and reflective opportunity, DecolonizeDevelopment.org will challenge the sector’s power centers to realign their assumptions about the standard operating procedures of the aid industry and question their own capacity for transformative change.
The status quo is no longer sustainable. We must shift the power centers of the aid sector and are out of time for incremental change.