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As part of the 2021 Humanitarian Leadership Conference and its focus on decolonising the humanitarian ecosystem, we are co-organising and participating in a panel that will be discussing 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 is to explore evidence and experience of decolonising aid through community-led innovation from a multi-stakeholder perspective.

WHO IS ON THE PANEL?

The panellists are:

The panel will be moderated by Hannah Reichardt, of the Start Network, in the UK.

Some of the questions we’ll explore

The panel brings global and community perspectives together to look at the role of communities as humanitarians. They will ask:

  • What role can innovation play in making humanitarian aid more community-led and contextually relevant?
  • What barriers have they witnessed and experienced when seeking to drive community-led humanitarian work?
  • What are the solutions to these barriers, based on their experiences and evidence?
  • How can the role of communities in humanitarian aid be re-conceptualised through innovation to build more acceptable and effective solutions?
  • How can INGOs shift power and build genuine partnerships?
  • What are the panel’s concrete recommendations for the sector?

WHO IS THIS PANEL FOR?

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.

WHAT YOU’LL LEAVE WITH

An increased awareness of:

  • the need for community led innovation as a potential means to decolonise aid and shift decision-making power into the hands of people affected by crises.
  • barriers and challenges to community-led humanitarian work from the perspectives of local NGOs themselves, and potential solutions to address them

HOW TO REGISTER

The conference is accessible globally. You can find out more here.

ABOUT THE HUMANITARIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

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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