Decolonizing Development

  •  June 2, 2020
     1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

“Decolonizing does not mean the same thing as diversity and inclusivity. You can have diverse spaces and still have colonialism…” – Dr. Rosales Meza
Decolonizing Development looks beyond concepts of representation, diversity, and counting. In this workshop, we will first explore what we mean by decolonizing development. Next, we will discuss tools and resources to conduct power, historical, and structural analysis. Last and most importantly, we will explore how we can incorporate a decolonizing framework into the proposal development and programmatic work we do as international development experts. This workshop is intended for experienced practitioners interested in honest explorations on how we – as a sector – can increase our global impact. You can learn more about the approach here:

Farah Mahesri: With 15 years of experience in the international development and global social impact industry, Farah has helped drive transformational and organizational change for a number of mission-driven clients in over a dozen countries. She has helped over a dozen small, medium and large non-profit and social enterprises write and implement strategic and growth plans; design and implement organizational change strategies; and delivered strategic and targeted training programs to support these changes.

Mahesri authored a first of its kind report on diversity and inclusion in the global non-profit/social impact space, including recommendations for foundations and implementers on how maximizing inclusion will accelerate impact, and is passionately curious about how we can best create sustainable, transformative impact around the world and create the world we want to live in.

This event is available online only. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants at least one hour before the start of the event.  Registration by 11:55pm MST on June 1st is required to attend. 

The Posner Center for International Development is committed to accessibility and inclusion for all people. To request additional accommodations or for questions about accessibility, please contact Lauren Andraski at  or 720-515-9074.

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Zoom link will be provided prior to the meeting.