As part of the 2021 Humanitarian Leadership Conference and its focus on decolonising the humanitarian ecosystem, we co-organised and participated in a panel that discussed how community-led innovation can challenge inequity and contribute to the decolonisation of humanitarian aid.
Against a backdrop of global protests over racism and inequity, the humanitarian and development sector is facing a reckoning about its role in colonisation and racism. How the sector approaches transferring power to, and building genuine partnerships with, national, subnational, and community organisations is an important consideration as it seeks to address inequity and power imbalances.
The objective of this panel was to explore evidence and experience of decolonising aid through community-led innovation from a multi-stakeholder perspective.
Don't worry. Based on the discussion, we have pulled together a blog that seeks to summarise the 'key takeaways'. As soon as a recording is available, we'll share it on this event page.
The panellists were:
The panel was moderated by Hannah Reichardt, of the Start Network, in the UK.
The panel brought global and community perspectives together to look at the role of communities as humanitarians. They asked:
Humanitarian actors interested in learning about and contributing to community-led humanitarian action and decolonising aid or learning about best practices and evidence so far in our partnership.
The 2021 Humanitarian Leadership Conference is a two-day online event packed with panels, workshops and presentations aimed at challenging, exploring and developing a new dialogue and understanding around the real humanitarians and how we can approach current challenges through systemic change.
You can find out more here.
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