ODI Bites: decolonising international development

15 October 2020
Event series


Robtel Neajai Pailey @RobtelNeajai – Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science 

Carmen Leon-Himmelstine @C_Himmelstine – Senior Research Officer, ODI


The international development sector has faced repeated calls for its decolonisation over several years, both in theory and practise. However, hegemonic understandings of development and who it should serve continue to dominate. Despite not being a new debate, too often there are issues with sources of funding, power dynamics in methodology and bias in profiling of research. There is an urgent need to reflect on what is understood by decolonising development and how we can undertake research through a decolonisation lens.

In this episode, we reflect on what decolonising development means and how we should be rethinking our research practises to truly make an impact within the communities we operate, and elevate the voices needed to build for the future.

ODI Bites is our new series set on giving you big ideas, easy to digest. These series of online conversations, feature leading ODI experts exploring dynamic new research, thought leadership, and responses to global challenges.