Event: Fast-Tracking Decolonisation Dialogue Series launch Collaboration vs. Competition: How can African organisations get the most out of local partnerships?

Development Reimagined last month launched a new dialogue series titled Fast-tracking Decolonisation. The series will explore ways for development organisations to enhance their commitment to decolonisation, identifying crucial areas that can expedite transformation within the development landscape. This builds on our previous conversations “Shifting Power in Global Health” hosted in 2021 in partnership with Wilton Park and the United Nation’s University. Why is this necessary? The urgency is underscored by shifting dynamics which has resulted in organisational transformation versus working on the dynamics in international development identified as key areas of transformation.

This first dialogue, ‘Collaboration vs Competition- How can African organisations get the most out of local partnerships?’  explored how African led and/or African-owned organisations – from think tanks to Civil Society Organisations (CSO), private sector organisations (incl. consultancies) and even banks – can work together to build on shared strengths, avoid competition and best advance decolonisation in development. Ultimately working towards ensuring fast tracked progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 on the continent.

Most African organisations are working towards localising development and fostering African leadership, emphasising the significant potential for more impactful outcomes through collaboration. However, localisation models have been about local and grassroots organisations working in collaboration with international development agencies and donors. The agency and African ownership this creates is limited and can in turn replicate unfavourable power dynamics within the system.

One of the key messages from the dialogue was that creating strong ecosystems and building up networks can play a significant role in transforming how African organisations partner.

The dialogue outlined practical steps for local organisations to achieve collective success in their development initiatives. It also considered the crucial roles that African governments, and the private sector can play in supporting these collaborative efforts.

Download the summary report/write-up (ENGLISH) here


Fast-Tracking Decolonisation Dialogue


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5th of December 2023

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