International aid is still a highly colonial sector.
According to a new report edited by Peace Direct — in partnership with Adeso, Alliance for Peacebuilding, and Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation — unequal power dynamics remain strong in the international aid system. Despite calls to address inequities within the sector, funding for many local organizations is largely held by a small number of donors and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs).
“Decolonising development, humanitarian aid and peacebuilding — the movement to address and dismantle racist and discriminatory structures and norms that are hidden in plain sight in the aid system — is emerging as an urgent, vital, and long overdue discussion which adds greater weight to the existing calls to transform the system,” the report’s authors write in
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