Civil Society approaches, opportunities and challenges of Shifting Power

Time to Decolonise Aid

Peace Direct, Adeso, the Alliance for Peacebuilding and Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS)’s (2021) ‘Time to Decolonise Aid: Insights and Lessons from a Global Consultation’ shares strategic recommendations for ICSOs and others, including:

– creating space for change, especially for those with marginalised identities,
– encouraging an internal organisational culture of openness to critique,
– investing in indigenous knowledge creation and valuing local knowledge, and
– adopting a transition mindset for organisational strategies with clear milestones for the transfer of power and resources to local organisations.

It also shares ideas of what a manifesto for decolonising aid would look like.

10/05/2021


Fostering Equitable North-South civil society partnerships: Voices from the South

The report from The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) presents the views and voices of global south CSOs and provides records of ideas, suggestions and recommendations on how ICSOs north-south relationships and power dynamics should evolve. It captures the concerns of global south civil society actors and their re­lationship with ICSOs in four key areas: partnerships, collaborations, decision making, structures and practices.

10/03/2021


Catalysing locally-led development in the UK aid system

This report from Bond summarises work carried out between August 2020 and April 2021 to create a more equitable and sustainable development system through locally-led development.

It shares key insights, lessons and strategies and aims to contribute to the other initiatives that are pushing for change. It also aims to galvanise engagement and action from the wider international development community, with a focus on international non-governmental organisations in the UK.

07/07/2021


Going beyond Western models of value to shift the power

In this article, Nana Afadzinu proposes to move beyond the rhetoric and bring about that needed shift. She shares the following key principles to achieve this:

– ensure that it remains a “shift the power movement and not a shift the power industry.”
– remain inclusive and foster growth
– focus on the relational instead of the transactional
– build solidarity across continents, interests and organisations by overcoming the ego, logo and silo mentality
– hold each other accountable.

16/01/2020


What we have learned

  1. Link the governance as much as possible to the intent and mandate of the organisation
  2. Place transparency, diversity and inclusivity at the core
  3. Dialogue between groups that have different expectations of each other
  4. Engage in an open exchange and have the willingness to learn from each other
  5. Don’t overlook discriminatory practices
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  • The global #ShiftThePower ecosystem
  • The session explored the #ShiftThePower map on the Pando platform.
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  • The Localisation agenda: Questioning the intermediary donor system
  • The webinar interrogates the intermediary structure within the philanthropy/donor funding system
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  • Dialogue 1: Who’s “helping” whom? (3 December 2019)
  • Featuring contributions from: Arbie Baguios of Aid Re-imagined and Catherine Nyambura.
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  • Dialogue 2: Hearing (and saying) what we need to hear (12 December 2019)
  • Featuring contributions from: Maria Faciolince of Oxfam; Grace Labeodan; and, Shail Shrestha of Digo Bikas Instittue.
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  • Dialogue 3: Expanding our moral imperative (14 January 2020)
  • Featuring contributions from: Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah of AWID and Deepa Ranganathan of FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund.
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  • Decolonising Research - #IncludovateRaisesTheBar
  • Includovate is a feminist research incubator helping researchers from the global south to grow their research careers.

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  • Re-imagining the INGO-The Origin
  • Gigi Ong-Alok from Disrupt Development talks with Deborah Doane and Nana Afadzinu to learn more about this initiative.

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  • Shifting power in international civil society organisations
  • In conversation, Ed Boswell, Co-Founder and CEO at Conner Advisory and our Executive Director, Wolfgang Jamann

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  • 15 minutes on localizing and decolonizing aid
  • CARE Canada speaks with Everjoice Win, an activist in feminist and social justice movements in Zimbabwe

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  • Episode 7: Shifting the Power
  • Arbie Baguios speaks about the new frontiers of the development sector

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  • RH Episode 7 | Decolonising aid
  • How does this dialogue begin to move from slogans to actual change?