Reimagining SOLIDARITY

Reimagining Solidarity Webinar Programme: Time to rename Aid

Register 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, Uganda

Date: 2nd November 2021

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 EAT

Speakers: TBC

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Time to rename aid, Nigeria

Date: 9th November 2021

Time: 12:00 – 13:30 GMT

Speakers TBC

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Time to rename aid, Benin

Date: 16th November 2021

Time: 12:00 – 13:30 GMT

Speakers: TBC

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Time to rename aid, Global

Date: 30th November 2021

Time: 12:00 – 13:30 GMT

Speakers: TBC

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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 our survey now and send us your new name 

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 our 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.