The future of humanitarian action: Decolonizing humanitarian aid

There has never been a more important time to discuss the future of humanitarian action. The number and severity of humanitarian crises are growing around the world. More people are displaced from their homes than at any other time since World War II. And with a rapidly changing climate, more migration, conflict, pandemics, and natural disasters are expected.

In the first of these conversations, we explore what it takes to decolonize humanitarian aid with those who are leading the work in the U.S. and globally. We will speak with Edgar Villanueva, author of “Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom To Heal Divides and Restore Balance,” Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green, and Kennedy Odede, co-founder and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities, about the colonialist mentality pervading humanitarian aid and how to reform it.