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Decolonisation of aid

With the #BLM debates, fueled by the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, the discussion about the decolonisation of aid got an impulse. Blogs, panel discussions (sometimes very heated) and Tweets stumbled over one another. We witnessed many statements and opinions, but perhaps not so much common ground to proceed from.

Partos, KUNO and The Institute of Social Studies (ISS) would like to take one step back and approach the discussion in a series of talks. Step by step, we highlight an aspect of this debate. We ask two (perhaps three) experts to engage in a conversation with one another to explore the controversies and perhaps find some common grounds.

The conversations will be in the format of webinars (ZOOM). Participants in the webinar could participate via the chat and Q&A box. In the second half of the conversation, a selection of the comments and questions will be discussed by the speakers. The audience will consist of the constituencies of KUNO, Partos, ISS and our partner organisations: humanitarian professionals (practitioners, policymakers, academics) and development workers. The members of KUNO and Partos are Dutch NGOs, but we certainly invite people from all over the world to participate.

The perspectives we will address in the series of dialogues are


KUNO, the Platform for Humanitarian Knowledge exchange in the Netherlands, facilitates training, public debate and refection. KUNO is supported by 11 humanitarian NGOs, 7 knowledge institutes and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands.

Institute of Social Studies: Dorothea Hilhorst, Professor of Humanitarian Aid at the Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam), and chair of the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA).

All dialogues in this series will be moderated by Kiza Magendane, The Broker, knowledge broker, essayist and writer, and Dorothea Hilhorst, Professor Humanitarian Aid at the International Institute of Social Studies.