The decolonization of aid #1: a conversation from a historical perspective


Dr Arua Oko Omaka


Professor Bertrand Taithe

Wednesday 12 May 2021, 16:00 - 17:30
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 1st in a series of debates exploring the controversies and common ground in the discussion about the decolonization of aid.

This first session will look at the historical perspective. 

The speakers in this first session are:

  • Dr Arua Oko Omaka, Fellow at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Nigeria
  • Professor Bertrand Taithe, Professor of History of Humanitarian Aid Manchester University

The session will be moderated by Kiza Magendane.

About the series

With the  #BLM debates and other anti-racism protests, the discussion about the decolonization of aid got an impulse. Blogs, panel discussions (sometimes very heated) and Tweets stumbled over one another. We witnessed many statements and opinions, but perhaps not so much common ground to proceed from.

KUNO (organizations and knowledge institutes from the Dutch humanitarian sector), Partos (membership body for organizations working in international development) and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) we take one step back and approach the discussion in a series of talks.

Step by step, we highlight an aspect of this debate. We ask two experts to engage in a conversation with one another to explore the controversies and perhaps find some common grounds.

Sessions will address:

  • A development aid perspective
  • A humanitarian aid perspective
  • The role of the donor
  • A social perspective
  • The Netherlands and the decolonialization of aid

Confirmed speakers

  • Lydia Zigomo, Global Programmes Director at Oxfam International.
  • Tammam Aloudat, Senior Strategic Advisor, MSF Access Campaign.
  • Nanet Antequisa, director ECOWEB and active member of A4EP.
  • Arbie Baguios, founder of Aid Re-Imagined.
  • Professor Halleh Ghorashi, professor of Diversity & Integration, Free University Amsterdam.
  • Professor Thea Hilhorst, professor of Humanitarian Aid, International Institute of Social Studies.

The dialogues will be moderated by Kiza Magendane, writer, essayist and knowledge broker.