Donors shifting power

Donors shifting power

Donor-driven change and how it works in practice

A growing number of international donors are changing their policies and practices in response to increasing calls to decolonise aid and shift power to the people and organisations working on the ground. The session will be led by two experienced speakers representing both bilateral and private donors.

What has motivated them to do things differently? What do they aim to achieve and how does this work in practice? What are the implications for their grantees – both those that are based in the Global North and those based in the Global South? And what advice do they have when it comes to influencing other donors to adapt their policies to facilitate bottom-up ways of working?

Participants will reflect on the future of international cooperation to advance social justice, as well as on the implications for our roles, our programme design mechanisms, and our fundraising strategies. You will hear about the Giving for Change alliance, which brings together civil society organisations from different continents in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and about how the work of Wilde Ganzen, the lead agency of the alliance, is impacted by promoting equal partnerships and ownership for those working on the ground.






Corine Aartman (Netherlands)
Programme Manager, Wilde Ganzen Foundation
Esther Meester (Netherlands)
Programme Manager, Wilde Ganzen Foundation
Jeroen Kelderhuis (Netherlands)
Senior Diplomat at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs