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Anti-Racism in Development Practice

Online Articles and Blogs on Racism and Decolonizing Development Practice

Corinne Gray: Doing good and being racist. Published in The New Humanitarian. (15 June 2020)

Rosebell Kagumire: Being Black and working in a white male dominated aid industry. Published by African Feminism. (8 June 2018)

Mary Ann Clements, Esua Jane Goldsmith, Shawna Wakefield, Pontso Mafethe, and Swatee Deepak: Ways to be in action against anti-Black racism. Published on, How Matters. (1 June 2020)

Hala Al-Karib: The dangers of NGO-isation of women’s rights in Africa. Published on Al Jazeera. (13 December 2018)

Lisa Cornish: Q&A: Degan Ali on the systemic racism impacting humanitarian responses. Published on Devex blog. (20 June 2019)

Devex Articles by Angela Bruce-Raeburn

Alyssa Bovell : Interested in international development work? Take time to examine your power and privilege. Published on the University of Dayton Human Rights Center Blog. (28 February 2020)

Blessing Omakwu: On equity in the international development sector — we need more intravists. Published on Devex blog. (05 June 2020)

Leila Billing: Feminist Leadership: What’s privlige got to do with it? Published on The Medium. (4 June 2020)

 “Elevating Black women is the centerpiece of everything I do: Stephanie Kimou” Published in Eyala Blog. (27 May 2019)

Aid Re-imagined and Arbie Baguios: It’s time to decolonise project management in the aid sector. Published on The Medium. (22 October 2019)

Teju Cole: The White-Savior Industrial Complex. Published on The Atlantic. (21 March 2012)

Oxfam: Tools to begin your journey towards anti-racism (June 3, 2020)

Professional do-gooders, here’s 14 ways to be in action against anti-Black racism: by the Healing Solidarity Collective 

Tuck, E., & Yang K. W. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, (1)1.

Anu Kumar: White Supremacy in Global Health. Published in Think Global Health (18 June 2020)

Adom Getachew. July 27, 2020. Colonialism Made the Modern World. Let’s Remake It: This is what real ‘decolonization’ should look like. The New York Times.

Articles on Decolonizing Evaluation

Johnston-Goodstar, K. (2012). Decolonizing evaluation: The necessity of evaluation advisory groups in Indigenous evaluation. In R. VeLure Roholt & M. L. Baizerman (Eds.), Evaluation advisory groups. New Directions for Evaluation, 136, 109–117.

Cloete, F., & Auriacombe, C. (2019). Revisiting decoloniality for more effective research and evaluation. African Evaluation Journal, 7(1), 10 pages.

Robertson, K.N. (2016). Considering the Social Determinants of Equity in International Development Evaluation Guidance Documents. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

Boyce, A.S., & Chouinard, J.A. (2017). Moving Beyond the Buzzword: A Framework for Teaching Culturally Responsive Approaches to Evaluation. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.  

Chilisa, B., Major, T.E., Gaotlhobogwe, M., & Mokgolodi, H. (2016). Decolonizing and Indigenizing Evaluation Practice in Africa: Toward African Relational Evaluation Approaches. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

Cram, F. (2016). Lessons on Decolonizing Evaluation. From Kaupapa Māori Evaluation. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

Online Resources on Racism in Philanthropy and Decolonizing Philanthropy

Uzodinma Iweala: Reparations as Philanthropy: Radically Rethinking Giving in Africa. Published in Le Monde. (13 November 2017)

Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villanueva. (16 October 2018)

Vu: Have nonprofit and philanthropies become the “white moderate” that Dr. King warned us about? Published on Nonprofit AF. (1 June 2020)

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Report: The Next Generation Speaks- What Emerging Leaders of Color in Philanthropy Think about Race. (2013)

Louise Lief: Social Justice Philanthropy Restructures to Focus on Power. Published on Inside Philanthropy. (12 February 2020)

Catherine Lizette Gonzalez: 'Decolonizing Wealth' Addresses Philanthropy's White Supremacy Problem, Offers Solutions. Published on ColorLines. (23 October 2018)

Academic Journal Articles on Racism and Development Practice (Emory log-in required)

White, S. (2002). Thinking Race, Thinking Development. Third World Quarterly, 23(3), 407-419. 

Lentin, A. (2005) Replacing ‘race’, historicizing ‘culture’ in multiculturalism. Patterns of Prejudice, 39:4, 379-396.

Kothari, U. (2006). An agenda for thinking about ‘race’ in development. Progress in Development Studies, 6(1), 9–23. 

Kothari, U. (2006). Critiquing ‘race’ and racism in development discourse and practice. Progress in Development Studies, 6(1), 1–7. 

Pailey, R.N. (2020). De‐centring the ‘White Gaze’ of Development. Development and Change, 51: 729-745.


Institutionalized Racism: A SyllabusComplied JSTOR resources

#CharlestonSyllabus: #CharlestonSyllabus was conceived by Chad Williams (@Dr_ChadWilliams), Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University. With the help of Kidada Williams (@KidadaEWilliams), the hashtag started trending on Twitter on the evening of June 19, 2015. The following list was compiled and organized by AAIHS blogger Keisha N. Blain (@KeishaBlain) with the assistance of Melissa Morrone (@InfAgit), Ryan P. Randall (@foureyedsoul), and Cecily Walker (@skeskali).

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