Full video: International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan on decolonizing aid and development

Why It Matters

The pandemic has devastated the global south, not just through the virus itself, but also its knock-on social and economic effects. Minister Sajjan’s mandate letter makes clear that Canada is to play a major role in their recovery — but colonial approaches to global development work could cause unintended harm.

In depth conversation: International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan on decolonizing aid and development

Why It Matters

The pandemic has devastated the global south, not just through the virus itself, but also its knock-on social and economic effects. Minister Sajjan’s mandate letter makes clear that Canada is to play a major role in their recovery — but colonial approaches to global development work could cause unintended harm.

Afghanistan desperately needs humanitarian assistance funding. Much of it is still frozen.

Why It Matters

Much of Afghanistan’s social services and healthcare system is funded by international aid money. If it is restricted or cut off, the country will fall apart.

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

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.

In depth conversation: Two global development experts critically examine the movement toward decolonizing aid

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.

“So what if an organization shuts down in a year?” Five key insights from this year’s WUSC International Forum

Why It Matters

Many communities in need are fighting multiple battles including the pandemic, climate change, and social justice issues. While local and international groups are pushing for change, intersectional and sustainable efforts are vital.