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Decolonisation of development cooperation – part 1

Tracing the colonial roots of development cooperation: a brief history

This future brief – the first in a trilogy on the decolonisation of the development sector – takes a historical approach. We will uncover how the colonial project was intimately connected to the origins of development cooperation by tracing the interlinkages between colonialism and development. In doing so, this brief lays the historical foundations necessary to understand the present and move ahead towards a decolonised future.

 

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Image source:The French Colonies, Cover of a school notebook by Georges Dascher, circa 1900