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Reshaping aid – a decentralised research approach

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Please note: Due to attendee privacy, there is no recording available for this session.

In this session we will present our upcoming research initiative, designed as part of a longer term advocacy programme and to be carried out alongside the Reshaping Aid global and regional summits. This research seeks to understand what people and organisations in (4) Aid recipient countries are saying about Aid, its provision and its reform. Specifically we want to look at perceptions of aid (not limited to the international aid system) alongside narratives of power and change, finding out what ‘power within’ to effect change / reform of the system might look like and what, if at all, the role of the international community / INGOs is desired to be. We are also interested in exploring the desired role of the network in change efforts. 

The research is designed to be ‘decentralised,’ both in terms of our research focus – (that wants to amplify national level discussions and processes of change) – but also cognisant of the problematic power dynamics within research practices. Research partners will be invited to design their own approaches, methodologies and outputs. We would like to share with you some of the ways in which we hope to create a co-owned research project, rooted in the principle that it is wanted and tangibly beneficial for all involved. We will be inviting your feedback on approaches and challenges.

We are keen that this research project builds on and connects to existing work and discussions and we will invite you to participate in this shared learning session with your comments, examples and experiences via a visual board, on themes including: 

·       Narratives of aid, power and change – what is the preferred language of change? And what narratives are not being captured by current discussions?
·       Examples of how inequities (however these are identified) from an organisational perspective have been redressed and how power / position can be leveraged for change.
·       Examples of current national level efforts on rethinking / reforming aid

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