From the tip of the iceberg to what lies beneath the surface
Building on the ‘iceberg model’ employed in the second brief, it shows that we need a two-pronged approach to tackle colonial remnants in: 1) dominant mindsets, attitudes and values that make up the ‘deep structures’ of development cooperation; and in 2) visible behaviours, practices and policies, situated at the tip of the iceberg. As such, we first zoom in on the ‘deep structures’, to provide organisations and practitioners with a starting point for a reflexive journey to decolonise mindsets, attitudes and values. The second section focuses on four dimensions of development cooperation:
- Resource mobilisation and grant-making
- Planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL)
- Diversity, equity and inclusion, to provide inspiring examples of decolonial initiatives and distil good practices.
By discussing specific initiatives, we hope to inspire action rather than provide a definitive ‘how to’ guide, as ultimately every development practitioner and organisation will have their own unique trajectory towards decolonisation.
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