On Babies and Bathwater – full TEXT

On December 7th 2017 I gave a Sussex Development Lecture in which I offer a conversation between personal experiences, reflections and decolonial scholarship to reflect on the fundamental, practical, institutional and epistemological implications of recognising the coloniality in the international development project. When we seek to part with the coloniality but not with the desire…

Understanding epistemic diversity // decoloniality as research strategy

[text based on a talk at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, NL, originally published on July 4th 2018 on their blog] How do we make sure that our efforts to diversify knowledge production go beyond a window-dressing/Benetton operation? How can we move beyond merely adding some colour and other markers of ‘diversity’…

[Video] On Babies and Bathwater: Decolonising Development Studies

In this Sussex Development Lecture (7 December 2017), I offer a conversation between personal experiences, reflections and decolonial scholarship to reflect on the fundamental, practical, institutional and epistemological implications of recognising the coloniality in the international development project. When we seek to part with the coloniality but not with the desire and imperative of global…

Letter from my student. Why #DecolonisingEducation matters.

This is a letter I received from one of my graduating undergrad students in International Development Studies this July 21, 2017 at the University of Portsmouth. However deeply flattering (as well as resonating so much with my own journey) these words are to me personally, this ain’t no bragging exercise. I share my student’s words…

Migration and the Need to Decolonize (Hegemonic Thought)

(This short piece was written in the Summer of 2016 for the Global Dialogues publication of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany during my visiting Fellowship there. You find the full publication here.) Looking at the world from and in Europe today, the old continent seems to be grappling with…

(VIDEO) On Ethical Retreat and Humanitarian Crisis

speech and debate at the “Humanitarian Changes, Humanitarian Challenges and the Protection of Civilians”seminar organised by NUPI, Oslo on April 27th, 2016 with Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Senior researcher at PRIO and the Director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies; Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a Research Professor at…

‘Noiraud’ Didier Reynder: unfit for office

position text published in Flemish news paper De Standaard on 21/3/2015 protesting Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynder (MR) going around Brussels black-faced to raise money for ‘children in need’. You can sign the petition online @ https://www.change.org/p/belgian-minister-of-foreign-affairs-didier-reynders-step-down ENG//’Noiraud’ Didier Reynders: Unfit for office On Saturday March 14th, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, paraded through…

Studying Agaciro: Moving Beyond Wilsonian Interventionist Knowledge Production on Rwanda

My new article in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding just came out yesterday. All comments most welcome! http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/rMFXekBWVr4ay9mtuW8x/full Abstract “Twenty years after the end of the Rwandan genocide, knowledge production on the small country of a thousand hills remains a clamorous battle ground of post- and decolonial power and influence. This essay critically engages…

Back to Basics: Decolonizing Democracy in Africa

Introduction Not dissimilar to the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ protests that spread across the Middle East and North Africa in early2011, at the beginning of the 1990s, sub-Saharan Africans came to the streets to protest against hardship. People had been facing the structural adjustment programmes promoted by the international financial institutions (IFIs) in the 1980s, the…

How to write about Rwanda

From April 7th to the first days of July 2014, Rwanda and the world commemorate the genocide that ripped apart the central African country two decades ago. How does one commemorate the indescribable? The ultimate crime against humanity by humanity? So far, in the micro corner of the world that is Belgium and France, due…