This research project aligns with the sectoral-wide shift towards more feminist, anti-racist and decolonial approaches in international cooperation work. Increasingly, organizations are proactively interrogating their principles and practices; a positive step towards decolonizing the sector. However, this reflexivity exercise and the actions that result from it need to be done in a way that does not propagate the same harmful practices and/or produce new forms of harmful practices.
In this research project the ICN will explore what it means to do public engagement work in a feminist, anti-racist and decolonial manner. It will include a total of 16 CSOs – 8 in Canada and 8 in the Global South. Following the principles in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and in the UN’s Agenda 2030, this research will bring CSOs together to explore a feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial public engagement in a pandemic and post-pandemic context.