December 17, 2021

Shifting Power in Education Aid: Knowledges, Violence, and Justice


How do racism, capitalism, and patriarchy shape humanitarian education aid? And what can be done about it? The Collective on Education, Decoloniality and Emergencies (CEDE!) first online conference opened the space to reflect on issues of power and justice within the field of Education in Emergencies.

CEDE! believes that decades of policy and programming focused on making humanitarian education aid more ‘needs-based,’ ‘participatory,’ and ’empowering’ have failed to shift power from the hands of wealthy nation-states to the communities most affected or disadvantaged by crisis, violence, and injustice.

CEDE’s vision for change involves action that redistributes power and resources in real terms. While traditional aid actors often view themselves as irreplaceable, the conference’s goal was to show that more just and emancipatory alternatives both exist and are possible.

Between December 1-10, 2021, more than 50 speakers and 200 participants from around the world, including students, educators, community workers, and political activists, joined our on Zoom Events giving attendees a chance to network with each other as well as with the panelists, easily exchanging ideas, chat and initiating side discussions. Panels, presentations, discussion sessions, and workshops spanned topics such as: reparations in international development; racism and exploitation in academic research; decolonial pedagogies for classroom teaching and learning; and strategies for political resistance against the unjust practices of aid organisations and donors.



CEDE Founding Members

Atenea Rosado-Viurques
Jee Rubin
Jess Oddy
Maha Shuayb
Mai Abu Moghli
Massa Mufti

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