Introductory Workshop on Racism and Postcolonial Power Structures


September 2024

Addressing the power system of racism and its entanglements with other phenomena such as sexism, homophobia and trans-hostility, ableism, etc. is essential in order to shape equal coexistence in society and reduce power inequalities globally and locally. Development cooperation and humanitarian aid in particular are based on colonial power relations.

In this workshop unit, racism will first be defined and its mechanisms of action identified. In which structures does racism operate in the German context and globally? To do this, we will look at historical backgrounds and analyse post-colonial power systems. Where do we find these power inequalities in the working context of international humanitarian aid and development policy? How and where is colonial continuity evident?

Finally, postcolonial and racist patterns of thought and narratives in our own work will be examined. Racism in images, in one's own language and in communication and cooperation with partners in the Global South will be analysed in a practical way in order to find strategies for action and approaches for change.


You will learn

Reflect on how postcolonial and racist thought patterns are structurally anchored in the field of humanitarian aid and in your own areas of work

Question and examine how the findings are transferred to your own work context

Develop initial ideas for action strategies and approaches to change in your own work context

Target group

Staff members of humanitarian organisations who are active in project work as well as communication and media work.

Makda Isak


Makda Isak

Makda Isak (she/her) is a Black feminist political scientist and sociologist. She works as a political education speaker and has been offering lectures and workshops on intersectionality, Black feminisms, colonialism, racism and empowerment at universities, associations and in development contexts since 2015.

Shavu Nsenga


Shavu Nsenga

Shavu Nsenga (she/her) is a social scientist as well as a trained conflict mediator and has been a trainer for racism sensitisation and postcolonial power structures for 7 years - mainly in the development and international context. She brings professional experience from association and project work, empowerment projects and migrant and diasporic organisations. Shavu is an activist and musician and deals creatively and artistically with intersectional realities of life.


* To cover the fees you can upload an educational voucher of the state of NRW during the registration

09.9.2024 - 10.9.2024

Catering included

Maximum of 16 attendees

3 of 12 required registration for this course. You will be informed after registration. Share this course with friends and colleagues to make sure it will be carried out.


ProviderThis training is organized by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.