The Global Solidarity Summit brings together individuals and organisations from Wales working on solidarity projects across the world. From small community to Wales-based branches of international NGOs, we’re raising the profile of the sector in Wales.
This year, however, we are moving our summit online. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced new ways of working and living, changed our priorities and caused significant disruption, for better or worse.
We have also renamed what was the International Development Summit to the Global Solidarity Summit. This follows a programme of events and self-discovery at Hub Cymru Africa as part of the #ReframingTheNarrative project.
We’re aiming to reframe the established narrative surrounding the aid sector from one steeped in problematic post-colonial assumptions to one of solidarity, respect and healing.
Fundamental to this process is the recognition that there will be no positive change unless we do things differently at the individual and collective levels. We must acknowledge that we are all part of the problem as well as the solution, however well intentioned our efforts. That means transforming ourselves and the institutions we’ve created if we are serious about transforming the broader structures that dispossess and discriminate against certain groups of people, wherever in the world they live.
We need to work in solidarity.