This national humanitarian sector organization asked its members about their anti-racism practices. Here’s what it found.

A study of organizations who signed onto Cooperation Canada’s Anti Racism Framework found “a widespread lack of coherent, accountable and specifically anti-racist efforts across signatory organizations.”

Why It Matters

Humanitarian and international development are still home to colonial viewpoints, practices, and values. Meaningful anti-racism work, including the acknowledgement of racism within the sector itself, is a way of undoing this ongoing and harmful legacy.

Dozens of international development and humanitarian organizations who signed onto an anti-racism declaration by Cooperation Canada earlier this year are lagging in their efforts to fight discrimination, according to a recently released survey by the humanitarian sector advocate. 

“Currently, there is a widespread lack of coherent, accountable and specifically anti-racist efforts across signatory organizations,” reads Cooperation Canada’s report. It surveyed 70 organizations who signed onto its 2021 Anti Racist Framework, a declaration calling on the international development and humanitarian organizations to track racial disparities in their hiring, advocacy practices, and programming. 

Cooperation Canada decided in 2020 to investigate exactly how its members perpetuate racism, especially given Canada’s own colonial history of land theft and cultural genocide

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