Reimagining SOLIDARITY

Reimagining Solidarity Webinar Programme: Time to rename Aid

This is a project co-ordinated by the Kampala Initiative, a democratic civil society community of over 80 independent, critical-thinking activists and over 90 organizations from the Global South and North which aims to: decolonize health cooperation; decolonize the critique of aid and; decolonize the promotion of solidarity.

Register each webinar separately below to attend our webinars. The first three will profile speakers from Uganda, Nigeria and Benin. The final one will host speakers from across the global community. Join other independent and critical-thinking activists from both the Global South and North to discuss how to decolonize the language of ‘international development’.


Time to rename aid, Global

Date: 30th November 2021

Time: 15:30 – 17:00 GMT 

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  • Tammam Aloudat, Managing Director, Global Health Center in the Graduate Institute in Geneva
  • Maryam Mohsin, Head of Media and Communications, Bond, UK
  • Dr Danny Gotto, Executive Director of Innovations for Change
  • Joan Okitoi, Co-host of #GlobalDev Communicators Connect (Healing Solidarity Collective)
  • Monicah Yator, Founder, Indigenous Women and Girls Initiative (and Member: Indigenous Women’s Council)
  • Martin Drewry, CEO, Health Poverty Action

Past events:

Time to rename aid, Uganda

Date: 23rd November 2021

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 EAT

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  • Allana Kembabazi, Program Manager [Right to Health] Initiative of Social and Economic Rights (ISER)
  • Dr Danny Gotto, Executive Director of Innovations for Change
  • Dennis Bukenya, PHM Uganda Coordinator and Steering Group member, Kampala Initiative
  • Sarah Amulo, Regional Programmes & Partnerships Dev’t Manager, Health Poverty Action (HPA)


Time to rename aid, Benin

Date: 16th November 2021

Time: 12:00 – 13:30 WCA






    • HOST: Spéro Hector Ackey, Sociolinguiste de Langue Anglaise/ Sociolinguist MA in Applied Linguistics, Journaliste Traducteur Interprète de Conférences, Directeur du Cabinet Mily Translation Consulting SARL
    • Michael Tchokpodo, PHM Benin Communications Coordinator
    • Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay, People’s Health Movement, Canada
    • Ludmila Andrade (she/her) Network Coordinator, United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders

Time to rename aid, Nigeria

Date: 9th November 2021

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 GMT





  • Lizzy Igbine, Nigerian Women Agro Allied Farmers Association
  • Akaninyene Obot, Nnamdi Azikiwe University & Ukana West 2 Community Based Health Initiative
  • Professor Adenike Grange, Former Hon Minister Nigeria Federal Ministry of health / Chair, BOT NUHCAN
  • Ambassador Hassan NgubdoChairman GOC NUHCAN
  • Professor Joseph Ana
  • Bisi Bright, CEO, LiveWell Initiative

This is the time to rename ‘aid’.

From historic colonialism, to current injustices in tax, trade, climate or drug policies, the exploitation of the Global South by the Global North has a long legacy. The rest of the world extracts six times the resources from countries in Africa than that which it gives through aid.


Yet language used in the so-called ‘international development’ sector often presents citizens of the global North as the generous saviours of the Global South. In so doing it masks these ongoing abuses of power.

Perhaps none is more damaging than the term ‘aid’. ‘Aid’ creates a narrative of people living in poverty in the Global South as helpless, without agency, while people in donor countries are ‘generous saviours’ of the poor.

Be part of a new narrative: Take the survey now 


Names matter

The way we talk about issues impacts how people, think, feel and act on them. It is time that we move away from the damaging language and imagery of aid, charity and so-called ‘international development’ and create a new narrative – one that builds solidarity and demands global justice.

Members of the Kampala Initiative are conducting a consultation on decolonizing language, and specifically on alternative names for ‘aid’. We aim to find a more appropriate term to describe the financial relationship between the Global North and South.

Take the survey

Through an online survey, webinar series and consultation with grassroots members we are consulting as many voices as possible from the international development sector, frontline organizations, community workers and activists in the Global South.

The successful terms will reject the current damaging narrative, honestly describe the power inequalities between countries, and reflect the need to tackle the root causes of poverty as part of an equitable global movement for change. The new names will be adopted by our member organisations in the sector to enable us to communicate more honestly about global inequality (as one piece of the puzzle in the decolonization of the aid agenda.)

Take our survey and share your name suggestion HERE.

Read our FAQ for more details.