Decolonising Professional Practice

Community of Practice to share tools for personal & professional transformation

What does the Community do?

Our Community of Practice creates a space for learning, mutual mentoring and the opportunity to share work in progress.

Decolonising and anti-racist transformation that goes beyond rhetoric and performative shape shifting is not easy. It requires personal transformation, organisational change and real shifts in power and world views.

Decolonisation is a verb – it is a process. And we are more likely to succeed together.

The Community will provide:

  • Member driven and flexible community – to enable personal and professional transformation
  • Members’ only closed LinkedIn Group creating a safe space for knowledge sharing, mutual mentoring, sharing of good practice and discussion of challenges and work in progress
  • Ten ‘rooms’ where themes central to decolonising development will be discussed and debated
  • Monthly webinars, with a mix of small group work and plenaries where members can request a ‘hotseat’ to ‘workshop’ issues related to anti-racist and decolonising action that they are facing
  • Quarterly visiting speakers who will share good practice case studies and worked examples
  • Carefully curated resources
  • Discounted access to The Development Hub’s training and Skill Share programmes
  • Informal co-working sessions – co-created by members

    What themes will we explore?

    Focusing on anti-racist and decolonising action, we will explore the following themes (and more):

    • personal transformation (with a BIPOC-only safe space for discussion) 
    • fundraising (and related comms and liaison with funders)
    • on-funding – transparent and participative grant-making, ethical contracting and partnerships
    • feminist leadership
    • working in inter-racial and international teams – how to work in anti-racist and decolonised ways
    • organisational change – becoming an anti-racist and decolonising organisation
    • evidence – from MEAL to research and beyond – whose voice counts, whose world view matters and how to decolonise the process from start to finish
    • risk – who bears what risk in the development and humanitarian sectors and reconfigure approaches to risk within contracts, partnerships and projects
    • reporting and accountability (reporting for???, who are you accountable to (and for what)?)
    • donors and philanthropies – share good practice across the sector and explore pragmatic ways to enable change 
    • challenging Eurocentric thinking
    • Ecosystem transformation

    Co-convenors and Moderators

    Nompilo Ndlovu (The Development Hub)


    Dr Nompilo Ndlovu co-hosts the podcast ‘The Power Shift: Decolonising Development’.

    Nompilo is recognised for her excellence in teaching, training and facilitating.

    Nompilo is a Senior Associate at The Development Hub and Centre Director at the Centre for International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Cape Town, South Africa.

    She brings her expertise as an oral historian and intersectional feminist to her work. Her Doctoral thesis exploring the oral (Black) history versus the written (White) history of the Gukurahundi Massacre in Zimbabwe provides her with particular insights into the ‘historical present’ reality of coloniality.

    Nompilo has worked with civil society organisations and social movements. She also has extensive experience leading teams across the African continent, implementing interdisciplinary research and advisory projects for UN agencies, bilateral donors and the African Union, amongst others.

    Kate Bird (The Development Hub)


    Prof Kate Bird co-hosts the podcast ‘The Power Shift: Decolonising Development’.

    Kate is an experienced trainer and educator. She has designed and led post-graduate programmes and facilitated professional international training programmes for nearly 3 decades.

    Kate is the Director of The Development Hub, Professor of Practice at the University of Surrey, Associate with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network and Senior Associate with ODI.

    She has a wealth of experience to draw on, having nearly 30 years experience leading international research, training and consultancy teams.

    Alba Murcia (The Development Hub)


    Alba Murcia is a Consultant with The Development Hub.

    Alba is a core member of the team delivering our Skill Share Programme and our 5-day Immersion. She produces our podcast series “The Power Shift: Decolonising Development” and led on our recent project on insights from feminist organising.

    She is particularly interested in the intersection of decolonial feminism and resistance in Latin America, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights and LGBTQ+ rights and has applied decolonial feminist knowledge and practice to analyse territorio cuerpo-tierra in the context of Latin American indigenous feminisms.