Skill Share Programme

The Power Shift: Decolonising Development – Cohort 2

May 28th – July 3rd, 2024

The Power Shift: Decolonising Development

Our Skill Share Programme empowers professionals from the development and humanitarian sectors to decolonise their professional practice.

The 6-week online programme (May 27th – July 3rd) identifies entry points for practical action, leading participants through personal transformation, working in inter-racial and international teams, becoming an anti-racist and decolonising organisation and ecosystem transformation through to developing a personalised action plan for implementation. (See our detailed programme, below).

You will join a community of practice, where you can access peer-support and mutual mentoring to share ideas, practical approaches, ‘workshop’ challenges and build opportunities for collaboration with peers from across the Majority and Minority Worlds.

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This Skill Share programme will:

  • support you in the personal transformation you need to shift power & decolonise 
  • boost your ability to decolonise your professional practice
  • identify entry points for practical action
  • give you access to good practice across the sector
  • create space for discussion
  • enable skill-sharing between you and others
  • build community with your peers working on decolonisation – together we are stronger!
  • provide opportunities to explore challenging issues in small groups

Our approach:

⚙️Intro and overview (May 28th, 2024, 90 minute live session) – meet the team & your fellow participants, introduce yourself & your work.

⚙️6x 90 minute live sessions:

    • Monday May 28th – intro session
    • Wednesday May 29th – Module 1
    • Thursday June 6th – Module 2
    • Thursday June 13th – Module 3
    • Thursday June 20th – Module 4
    • Thursday June 27th- Module 5
    • Wednesday July 3rd – Module 6

⚙️ Commitment & participation – we ask you to commit to the Programme, engage in the ‘self-study’, attend each week & participate actively.

⚙️ Workbook – to guide your self-study – each Module has its own Workbook, rammed with ideas, examples of good practice and links to carefully curated resources. The Workbook introduces the theme and guides your work with exercises for self-study and links to interesting and challenging content.

⚙️ Resource Packs to guide your practice

⚙️Shared Learning Note – a short Note each week captures key contributions in breakout groups and plenaries – to maximise the sharing of skills, ideas and knowledge

⚙️ Quizzes to check your progress

⚙️ Certificate of attendance 

⚙️ Build community and access peer mentoring in small groups

⚙️ 12 week free membership of our Community of Practice

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Cohort 1 guest speakers on the Skill Share Programme (Cohort 2 guests TBC)

For more on our guest speakers, see below.

Skill Share Programme – Outline

The Skill Share Programme takes participants through 6 modules:

  • Module 1 – why the international development and humanitarian sectors need to decolonise?
  • Module 2 – personal transformation – a fundamental building block to transforming your professional practice
  • Module 3 – working better in international and inter-racial teams
  • Module 4 – enabling anti-racist and decolonising organisational change
  • Module 5 – ecosystem transformation
  • Module 6 – personal action planning to take ideas into action

The Programme provides participants with entry points for practical action. It seeks to enable your professional development and  tools for organisational change and ecosystem transformation with examples of good practice from innovators and change champions.

See below for a Module by Module breakdown of the Programme.

At the end of Module 6 you will be able to book 1-2-1 sessions with a member of the DevHub core team. This session will help you develop your 3-year vision – for your role in decolonising the development and humanitarian sectors. You will then break this down to a 1-year vision and a 12 week personal action plan. We will meet you again in week 4 and week 12 to mentor you as you implement your plan. ‘Decolonisation is a verb’ and it is only by making changes in the way we work that we can contribute to shifting power and decolonising our professional practice.

Becoming aware of your own internalised racism can be an unpleasant shock. Confronting colourism, codeswitching, White Fragility, White Saviourism. Stepping into your power and learning to be an ‘upstander’ rather than a ‘bystander’ to racial injustice. None of this is easy. Nor is bringing about change at the organisational or inter-organisational level. Changing organisational cultures and procedures is tough, too.

Making change happen – and sticking with it, despite challenge, is so much easier if you have a supportive community around you, providing mutual mentoring and holding you (kindly) to account.

You will get 12-weeks complementary access to the Community of Practice, from the end of the Programme. This will give you access to expert knowledge, the opportunity to ‘workshop’ challenges in a trusting environment and access to like-minded professionals who you can build community with.

Module 1: Why decolonise

Why decolonise, localise or shift power? What is the problem we want to solve? This session gives an introductory overview of some of the themes we explore over the following modules:

    • Inequitable distribution of power & privilege
    • Structural, institutional and systemic racism
    • Intersectional inequality and marginalisation
    • Hierchies of power and silencing & ‘othering’ by dominant groups
    • The domination of the Eurocentric world view 
    • Ecosystem-wide dysfunction

Module 2: Personal transformation

Personal transformation is a foundational step if you want to decolonise your professional practice – whether you are White or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour). We have all internalised ‘scripts’ about race and power – and need to unlearn and relearn – to become an upstander rather than a bystander.  

This module challenges you to dig deeper into this process. We explore:

  • What is personal transformation for anti-racist and decolonising action?
  • Internalised racism and colourism
  • White fragility
  • White Saviourism
  • Tone policing
  • Colourism
  • Strategies for relearning

Module 3: Working better in inter-racial and international teams

Module 3 examines how individual experiences of inter-racial and international teams are blighted by internalised ‘scripts’, hierarchies of race and power and the dominance of Eurocentric thinking. We examine common patterns and some approaches that help to change them: 

  • Hegemonic thinking
    • Why mental models matter
    • Whose voice counts?
    • Professional practice and norms
  • Roles and responsibilities in international and interracial teams
    • Project and programme design & management
    • Parity of value for people with different roles and responsibilities
    • Contracts and partnerships
  • Who leads fundraising and on-funding

Module 4: Organisational change

In this Module we look at Bond’s approach to becoming an anti-racist and decolonising organisation and case studies of how organisations have driven progressive change. We explore:

  • Why drive anti-racist and decolonising change?
  • Understanding how organisations change
  • Internally-facing change
  • Externally-facing change
  • Examples of good practice

Module 5: Ecosystem transformation

This Module takes a look at the development and humanitarian sectors as a whole and presents a critique of the way it currently works. It presents some approaches to change and challenges participants to think about an alternative future. 

  • Why is ecosystem transformation needed?
  • Ahistoric understanding
  • Development and humanitarian sectors as distorted markets
  • Reform and evolution, subversion, revolution, or destruction: what change do you want to see?

Module 6: Action Planning

This Module takes participants through an action planning process. You will develop a 3 year vision and break it down in steps and stages so that you can get to the point of having a 3-month Action Plan. This will enable you to operationalise learning from the Skill Share Programme, straight into personal and professional transformation. This process is supported by 3 one-to-one mentoring sessions with a member of the core facilitation team, one immediately after the Action Planning session, one at 4 weeks and one at 12 weeks. 

Convenors

Ajoy Datta (Consultant)

Ajoy joins the training team bringing with him his specialist skills as a facilitator.

He is a freelance consultant specialising in organisational change and leadership development: Here he works with leaders, teams, organisations and networks taking an approach which combines psychodynamics, systems and complexity.

The second is policy advocacy or influencing. Here he informs, designs and evaluates work to influence policy and practice drawing on studies of the policy process, political economy approaches and outcome mapping.

Ajoy was a recent guest on our podcast ‘The Power Shift: Decolonising Development’. (Episode 31).

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.

Nompilo Ndlovu (The Development Hub)

 

Dr Nompilo Ndlovu guest 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.

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.

 

Pricing

Registration £649 – Registration closes 22 May 2024

(split pay option, 2 payments of £340)

Scholarships
Eligibility:

  • BIPOC folk
  • Working in civil society organisations and social movements headquartered in the Majority World

Application:

  • Send CV and covering letter of application to info@devhubuk.org
  • 5 scholarships available
  • Unsuccessful applicants may be eligible for our Majority World Discount

Discounts and Group Deals

  • Majority World Discount: BIPOC applicants based in the Majority World/Global South are eligible to a 20% discount on both the Early Bird and Full Price. Discount Code: 20MAJORITY
  • Group Deals: To enable alumni to operationalise change, following the Skill Share Programme, we encourage organisations to send more than one individual on our programme.
  • We offer:
    • 20% discount for the 2nd applicant from the same workplace
    • 30% discount for the 3rd (and subsequent) applicant(s) from the same workplace.
    • Discount code supplied on sign-up of 1st participant