International Online Summer School «Decolonize Aid!»

August 25-27, 2022

An honest look at the continuing power imbalance in development cooperation and a joint search for new strategies for cooperation at eye level. With partner institutions from four continents.

Does development cooperation perpetuate colonial power structures?
Does it ultimately help the donors more than the recipients?
And who decides what 'development' means anyway?
Mission 21's International Online Summer School takes an honest look at the power imbalance in development cooperation. Participants discuss with experts and interested parties from four continents what strategies there are for more equal cooperation.

► Program (PDF)

Time: Please check your local time
Location: Online on Zoom
Language: English (translation into Spanish; into German on Saturday) 
Participation: Free of charge, also possible on individual days

Thursday, August 25, 2022

1 to 2 pm CEST

Themrise N. Khan, Pakistan

Independent Aid Policy Analyst with over 25 years of experience in international development. More

Decolonize Aid?

Long-time Pakistani aid professional Themrise Khan opposes the use of the word decolonization in the context of aid by arguing that it is not the decolonization of aid that is important, but rather the end of aid.

7 to 8 pm CEST

María Ximena González-Serrano, Colombia

Doctoral Researcher European RIVERS Project which investigates the relationship between human rights and water. More

Decolonizing cooperation and development: A critical perspective from Latin America

Critical notions developed by indigenous peoples, black people, feminist movements and critical academia in Latin America: understandings of non-hegemonic relations between peoples, countries and contexts.

Friday, August 26, 2022

1 to 2 pm CEST

Dr. Moses Isooba, Uganda

Executive Director of the Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF). More

Decolonizing the Aid Industrial Complex: The use of Language and Lexicon

The aid-related dominance of English, French or Spanish means that translation into indigenous languages is mandatory as part of the development process. How can we enable more inclusive communication that is less neo-colonial, sexist, racist?

7 to 8 pm CEST

Muganzi Muhanguzi Isharaza, UK and Uganda

International NGO Communications Professional, Researcher and PhD Candidate in Communications (Leeds). More

Beyond Labels and Cultural Wars: Thoughts on Decolonizing Aid

How decolonizing international NGO images and language can be used to not only improve international development work, but also foreground the agency of those the sector seeks to support.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Does development cooperation perpetuate colonial power structures? Does it ultimately help the donors more than the recipients? And who decides what ‘development’ means anyway?

Join the discussion with experts and interested parties from four continents about strategies for more equal cooperation.

 

 

12 to 1 pm CEST

World Conversation Café
Africa-Asia-Europe

6 to 7 pm CEST

 

World Conversation Café Africa-Latin America-Europe