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Rising BLM discourse in the Aid sector is increasing pressure for a major shift

by Joy Green, Feb 18
1 minute read

There are increasing calls for a fundamental restructuring of the international Aid sector in the wake of the pandemic, with far more funding and agency given to locally-led, grassroots groups. A ‘black lives matter’ lens is starting to be applied to Aid in Africa and critical questions are being asked about the systemic side-lining of African-led organisations that has happened up to this point.

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So What?

Worldwide, more than 99% of humanitarian and philanthropic funding goes to predominantly white-led international NGOs. Despite Africa’s growing and dynamic social sector, only 5.2% of US foundation giving to Africa goes to African-led organisations. However during the pandemic, a pattern has emerged where locally-led grassroots groups have risen to the occasion, while INGOS have had to pull staff and programs and many now cannot continue with previous models. A power and funding shift towards grassroots groups has been called for, for years, and would represent a major systemic change. Is the moment of change now finally imminent? What would be the wider implications?



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Joy is a Principal Futurist at Forum for the Future.

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