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Decolonizing Foreign Aid

Humanitarian, peacebuilding, and development projects rely heavily on aid from international donors or international organizations. This reliance often leads to narrow project goals or intense competition from recipient agencies. In 2020, Peace Direct, Adeso, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security consulted activists, journalists, and scholars to share their insights on the global power imbalances that exist between humanitarian, peacebuilding, and development sectors, particularly in the distribution of foreign aid. The activists shared how structural racism affects their work and how decolonizing aid is crucial to allow them to meaningful respond to the needs of affected populations. The following report, translated into 9 different languages, provides an overview of their discussion and the recommendations from this consultative process. Read and find out more here!

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