• How is a decolonised vocabulary in Development possible?

    Course Description

    How is a decolonised vocabulary in Development possible? - A dialogue on practical steps and strategies

    • "Have colonial attitudes been sustained in the language we use in development"?
    • "Does our use of knowledge and experts replicate colonial mindsets"?
    • "Are funding mechanisms still shaped along colonial lines"?

    These are some of the questions that we will address in this dialogue event.

    This online dialogue will be split up in three parts:

    A. PANEL#1: Why is decolonization and language relevant?

    Presentation from:

    • Wouter Oomen and Emiel Martens, directors of the Expertise Centre Humanitarian Communication, on "actionable pathways towards a decolonised development sector".
    • Jimm Fomunjong from WACSI (West African Civil Society Institute)
    • Signe Atim Allimadi, Head of Global Unit at Save the Children Denmark

    B. DIALOGUE - breakoutgroups

    We will make breeak-rooms (10-15 minutes) to reflect on the panel presentations - and prepare questions or statements for debate.

    C. Panel #2: Possible action? 

    A second round of inputs from our panel on what are relevant possible actions. We will - among other issues - refelct on the usability of language-guides (see examples below). 

    Target group:  Open for both CISU members and their partners-organisations.

    Learning targets: Participants will get an overview on attempts to update the language used in international development, and get an opportunity to discuss way forward.

    OBS: This event has been inspired by the workshops CISU organised at the CISU folkhighschool weekend in October 2022. You can see more about the workshop and the discussions at thes learning site from the event: https://fabo.org/cisu/decolonisationdevelopment

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