Series on the decolonization of aid

Decolonization of Aid - a conversation
KUNO, Partos, and The Institute of Social Studies (ISS) present a series of dialogues on the decolonization of aid.


With the  #BLM debates, and other anti-racism protests, the discussion about the decolonization of aid got an impulse. Blogs, panel discussions (sometimes very heated) and Tweets stumbled over one another. We witnessed many statements and opinions, but perhaps not so much common ground to proceed from.

KUNO, Partos, and The Institute of Social Studies (ISS) we take one step back and approach the discussion in a series of talks. Step by step, we highlight an aspect of this debate. We ask two experts to engage in a conversation with one another to explore the controversies and perhaps find some common grounds.

The conversations will be ZOOM-webinars. Participants to the webinar can participate via the chat and Q&A box. In the second half of the conversation, a selection of the comments and questions will be discussed by the speakers.

In the series of dialogies we address the following perspectives: 

  1. A historical perspective
  2. A development cooperation perspective
  3. A humanitarian aid perspective
  4. The role of the donor
  5. A social perspective
  6. The Netherlands and the decolonization of aid

Speakers that confirmed to contribute to our dialogues are:

  • Dr. Arua Oko Omaka, Fellow at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Nigeria.
  • Prof. Bertrand Taithe, professor History of Humanitarian Aid Manchester University.
  • Lydia Zigomo, Global Programmes Director at Oxfam International.
  • Tulika Srivastava, Director Women’s Fund Asia.
  • Tammam Aloudat, Senior Strategic Advisor, MSF Access Campaign.
  • Nanette Antequisa, director ECOWEB and active member of A4EP.
  • Arbie Baguios, founder of Aid Re-Imagined.
  • Prof. Halleh Ghorashi, prof. Diversity & Integration, Free University Amsterdam.
  • Prof. Thea Hilhorst, prof. Humanitarian Aid, International Institute of Social Studies.

The dialogues will be moderated by Kiza Magendane, writer, essayist and knowledge broker.

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