Full video: Two global development experts critically examine the movement toward decolonizing aid

Degan Ali and Cynthia Eyakuze say the sector needs to shift power to local communities, but that there’s been far too much lip service when it comes to ‘localization’

Why It Matters

Signatories of the Grand Bargain agreement did not meet the goal of shifting 20 percent of their funding to local organizations by 2020. What now? Meanwhile, global development and humanitarian aid are facing wicked problems: rising rates of extreme poverty due to the pandemic, climate change-induced droughts, famines, and migration — and much more. It is time to reexamine the ways the sector responds to these crises.

The humanitarian aid and global development sectors are facing a reckoning. 

For years, these sectors have operated largely from the global north — often working with global south organizations and community members, but ultimate control over what programs are funded, who sets the agenda, and how programs are carried out has stayed in the hands of people who’ve never experienced the problems they’re working to solve first-hand. 

Enter: localization, the practice of shifting power and control over programs and funding to local communities. 

Future of Good publisher and CEO Vinod Rajasekaran sat down with two world-renowned experts in decolonizing aid and development — Degan Ali, executive director of the African development organization Adeso, and Cynthia Eyakuze, vice president of global programs for the Canadian-based Equality Fund — to discuss lo

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