36 episodes

The Power Shift: Decolonising Development podcast brings together activists, practitioners and thinkers to join a wide-ranging conversation on decolonisation, where they share ideas and identify tools for practical action. If you’d like to know more about decolonising development – and what it means in practice, or you would love to change the way you do your work in the development sector, then this is the right place. 

The Power Shift: Decolonising Development Kate Bird

    • Science

The Power Shift: Decolonising Development podcast brings together activists, practitioners and thinkers to join a wide-ranging conversation on decolonisation, where they share ideas and identify tools for practical action. If you’d like to know more about decolonising development – and what it means in practice, or you would love to change the way you do your work in the development sector, then this is the right place. 

    Co-design, care and solidarity in social impact research projects. Jess Oddy interviewed.

    Co-design, care and solidarity in social impact research projects. Jess Oddy interviewed.

    In this week’s episode, we talk to Jessica Oddy, founder and director of Design for Social Impact Lab (DFSI) about applying an equity-centred intersectional lens to social impact projects. We talk about the importance of co-design centred around care and solidarity throughout the entire project cycle.Jess talks about having a systems thinking approach which engages with a community’s history and context in order to develop a project. A systems thinking approach facilitates mutual learning, wh...

    • 37 min
    Ubuntu and African Humanist Leadership approaches. Faye Ekong interviewed.

    Ubuntu and African Humanist Leadership approaches. Faye Ekong interviewed.

    In this week’s episode, we talk to Faye Ekong about management approaches to leadership which are rooted in African experience. Faye tells us about the absence of African approaches represented in mainstream management and leadership.Faye Ekong introduces us to African Humanism, which embodies dignity, social harmony, coexistence and community. We talk about the importance of understanding historical, social, and cultural contexts within organisational policy, instead of importing a prescript...

    • 35 min
    Circular cooperation, dignity, and listening: reframing international aid. Jonathan Glennie interviewed.

    Circular cooperation, dignity, and listening: reframing international aid. Jonathan Glennie interviewed.

    In this week’s episode, we talk to Jonathan Glennie, co-founder of Global Nation, about the insufficiency of global aid as a response to current global affairs.Jonathan introduces the idea of ‘global public investment’ in order to address aid reliance through a new form of accountability. We also talk about circular cooperation as a system in which all entities involved respond to the possibility of learning from each other.Jonathan speaks about the importance of dignity, listening, and owner...

    • 36 min
    Donor-funded development research: ethics and epistemic violence. Yacine Ait Larbi interviewed.

    Donor-funded development research: ethics and epistemic violence. Yacine Ait Larbi interviewed.

    In this week’s episode, we speak to Yacine Ait Larbi about the critique he and Sarah Edgcumbe present in a two-part blog on paid-for development research. They outline the competing expectations of consulting companies who often value quick and relevant research outputs over research that is in-depth, reliable, well-grounded and ethical, due - in part - to time and resource pressures. We speak about development research being interest-driven rather than values-driven, and the consequence...

    • 43 min
    Driving organisational change starts with conversations. Ajoy Datta interviewed.

    Driving organisational change starts with conversations. Ajoy Datta interviewed.

    In this week’s episode, Ajoy Datta talks to us about organisational change, leadership development, and policy, advocacy and influencing. Ajoy tells us about promoting change within an organisation with a focus on difference and diversity. He focuses on an “unconventional” approach which highlights the complexity in working relationships and makes space for emotions. Working alongside people to unlock their knowledge and transform their conversations is part of the action learning approa...

    • 33 min
    Reimagining the role of the INGO through community building and shared learning. Nancy Kankam Kusi (WACSI) interviewed.

    Reimagining the role of the INGO through community building and shared learning. Nancy Kankam Kusi (WACSI) interviewed.

    In this week’s episode, we speak to Nancy Kankam Kusi from West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) about their focus on advocacy, influencing, and facilitating an enabling environment for civil society organisations across West Africa and beyond.Nancy talks to us about the importance of knowledge sharing on issues of decolonisation and localisation, and how WACSI facilitates spaces for fruitful discussions across the sector. The Decolonising Advisory Community at WACSI provides support to...

    • 25 min

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