Frequently Asked Questions

The Power Shift: Decolonising Development Skill Share Programme

1. I don’t have enough time to do the programme

➡️ The Skill Share lives will absorb only 2 hours of scheduled time a week – self-study and peer connection can be built around work & family and the rest of your life!

    2. I can’t afford it

    ➡️ The personal transformation, skills and network that you will build through participating in the Skill Share Programme are invaluable. Can you afford NOT to participate? And bear in mind that the price point for this programme compares very favourably with other online trainings for professional and personal development. Finally, we are offering scholarship schemes for qualifying individuals and discounts for multiple sign-ups from the same organisation, as well as for BIPOC applicants from Majority World hubbed NGOs, CSOs and social movements.

    3. I’m based in a Majority World organisation and we have other priorities this financial year

    ➡️ Decolonisation is not an issue that is going to go away. It is crucial that all actors within the development and humanitarian space are properly informed and empowered to engage in this process. Participation in this programme will give you the confidence and skills to take a strategic and leadership role in driving change.

    4. I work for an INGO that has promised in-house training this year

    ➡️ Our Skill Share Programme provides the opportunity not only for powerful personal transformation but to build a network of like-minded people who will support you on your journey as you decolonise your professional practice. We will be building a community of practice for you and other professionals across the development ecosystem so that we can build confidence in ourselves as change agents and in support each other as we implement change. This is an invaluable opportunity to build your skills and your network and ensure that you are properly supported as you engage in the messy and difficult work of decolonisation. 

    5. I work for a bilateral donor – this seems addressed towards NGOs

    ➡️ This is an area of practice in which INGOs appear to be leading the way. A number of bilateral donors are working hard to explore how they can decolonise their practice and it is useful to do this in a way that breaks down silos and enables learning and exchange. Our Skill Share Programme and the connected community of practice we will build together will provide the opportunity to share ideas, expertise, and learn from actors and institutions across the development and humanitarian space.

    6. I prefer the language of localisation. Why are you focusing on decolonisation?

    ➡️ There are a diversity of approaches to shifting power from the Minority to the Majority World. We use ‘shift the power’, we talk about ‘localisation’, and we spotlight decolonisation because it provides a historical context behind the need to counter hegemonic thinking and racism that is baked into the international development and humanitarian sectors. We find the language around decolonisation useful for initiating these conversations. But our approach encourages pluralism – we seek to support anyone wanting to learn more about progressive change, whatever your starting point and whatever the entry points for action that you feel are best suited to your organisation and context!

    7. I’m worried about being the only person from my organisation doing this programme. It’ll be hard for me to make the necessary changes on my own

    ➡️ We are providing a discount for organisations signing up two or more staff on the skill share programme. We recognise that being the only person working on decolonisation or anti-racist action within an organisation is challenging. To support your work, our Skill Share Programme will support your personal transformation and provide frameworks and good practice to help build progressive organisational change. And most importantly is the peer support that this programme will provide. We build peer mentoring into the design of the programme and our community of practice will subseuqently provide back-stopping support and encouragement as you move forwards in embedding your professional practice.

    8. Why do I need to do this programme? My organisation has a group working on Decolonising & Shifting Power and I’m getting on with the priorities set in my work plan

    ➡️ We feel strongly at The Development Hub that everyone within the development and humanitarian space should be given the opportunity to engage in the personal transformation that is necesary in order to shift power and decolonise practice. Rather than delegating these tasks to someone within an organisation, we believe it is a priority which runs across all the work carried out in development and humanitarian action. We would encourage you to take the bold step to identify your role within the ‘shift the power’ movement, and in implementing anti-racist and decolonised practice.

    9. What is our refund policy?

    ➡️ We offer a full refund if requested in writing within 14 days of purchase.

    10. What are people saying about our training?

    ➡️ Click below to read testimonials from international development practitioners.

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