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Racial justice in development cooperation

The BlackLivesMatter movement and other anti-racist protests rightly call for a much more vigorous stand and action for racial justice. In many ways, development organisations do address racism. Such as through supporting people that are excluded because of their colour, descent or identity. But this is not enough, if only because we might not be fully devoid of ‘unconscious’ discrimination mechanisms in our practices.

In pursuit of justice, equality, inclusion and integrity, Partos embraces racial justice. Which goes beyond just a support statement. We want to define principles guiding our work, and rethink and learn about our systems, approaches and actions on an individual-professional, organisational and sector level. This starts with understanding the drivers, the pain and the demands of the protest movement, and most notably, of those who undergo discrimination.

For this reason, we organised a seminar on racism, as a first step, in order to listen to provocative racism thinkers and, at least as important, to openly reflect on our mindsets, systems, words and actions. Read the report of it here: A hard look in the mirror: reflecting on racism and whiteness in the development sector. Our ambition is to set – as Dutch development cooperation practitioners – an example for racial justice, as a contribution to an inclusive, colourful and just society. That is what we are for. We will keep updating this site with new publications, lessons learned and other insights. Please feel encouraged to share your insights, articles, tips and tools with us.

Releasing a support statement or sign a petition is not enough. Steps have to be taken. This starts with a critical reflection on our mindsets, systems, words and actions, both within our organisations and within our partnerships with local groups.


About racism in development cooperation and civil society

Working towards racial justice