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Decolonising philanthropy

Decolonising the evidence for food systems

Lauren Baker 12 September 2022

The reasons for the breakdown of our food systems are complex and interlinked. Though exacerbated by present day conflicts, the current global food crisis is a product of how our food and agriculture systems have …


Philanthropy is a model of preservation, not transformation. Here’s how to change that

Derek A Bardowell 8 September 2022

When entrepreneur Yvonne Field, founder of the Ubele Initiative, told me where her grounding as an activist came from, two things stood out. First, she learned from her elders, like campaigner Mavis Best, and she …


Developing an anti-racist and anti-colonial approach to our international human rights funding

Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi 27 August 2022

Where are we now? The issue of racism within the aid sector is rightly in the news again, as the International Development Committee concluded in June that ‘the very structure of international aid still reflects the …

Part or counterpart? The trick of power

Andrés Thompson 24 August 2022

The question of ‘part or counterpart’ came to me after a presentation where a group of progressist donors explained the impacts their small donations had on beneficiary groups, without speaking about how the contributions of …

A radical shift in gender-equity funding is long overdue

Ndana Bofu-Tawamba, Jean Kemitare and Mmabatho Motsamai 19 August 2022

We are nearing a year since unprecedented financial commitments toward gender equality were made at the Generation Equality Forum (GEF). The 5-year commitments are aimed at realising a complete change in the landscape of gender …

Solidarity over charity: Prioritising long-term shifts over band-aid responses

Sadaf Shallwani 11 August 2022

What has charitable giving achieved over the last few decades? It’s a question that implicates billions of dollars, millions of people, and countless hours of work and effort, yet the answer is frustrating: Modern charity …

Philanthropy can’t wait any longer, it needs to decolonise aid now

Patricia McIlreavy 10 August 2022

Every sector grapples with its own issues and challenges, often publicly and not always productively. Despite commonalities in purpose, principles and values among its many actors, the international humanitarian sector is no different. For more …

Centring pan-African philanthropies amid the shifting global socio-political and economic order

1 Halima Mahomed and Ndana Bofu-Tawamba 9 August 2022

There is no question that we are living in unprecedented times. The past three years, marked by the onset of Covid-19, were an era on its own. While a global challenge, the notion of the …