In recent years a welcome debate has come to the fore about the role of large aid and development NGOs. I wrote this piece for Open Democracy in response to a thoughtful open letter from 200 organisations based primarily in the Global South, which challenged international NGOs to change their approach to be better partners … Continue reading “Opinion: shifting power and amplifying local action”
I was invited to share some reflections on the future of aid for The New Humanitarian’s series on where next for the sector. For me, shifting power has to be at the heart of our efforts if we want to see genuine transformation, supporting communities to drive sustainable change themselves. And movements like Black Lives … Continue reading “OPINION: DECOLONISING AID”
It was great to kick off this important series about Rethinking Humanitarianism in conversation with Heba Aly, director of The New Humanitarian, and Jeremy Konyndyk, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. We discussed how the fallout of COVID-19 and movements like Black Lives Matter have sharpened the focus on inequality and power … Continue reading “PODCAST: THE NEW HUMANITARIAN”
I spoke to Charity Times about my career to date and what motivates me, and how the changes I’m leading at Oxfam are part of an ambition to rethink the international NGO model to shift power to the communities we serve. The interview starts on page 18.
The timing of the Prime Minister’s decision to subsume the Department for International Development into the Foreign Office is distressing, coming in the midst of a global pandemic. But his glib, inflammatory language adds insult to injury, and seems tone deaf to the Black Lives Matter movement calling for us to confront the lingering injustices … Continue reading “THE GUARDIAN OPINION: WHY BORIS WAS WRONG TO SHUT DOWN DFID”