The Progressive Development Forum has been set up as a space for people involved in international development in Britain to discuss concerns related to the sector – particularly the lack of any political analysis and the dominance of the ‘aid’ paradigm. The following charter has been drawn up, in a collaborative process between participants, as a statement of the Forum’s identity and intent:

(as adopted 22 January 2014)

We believe injustice, inequality and poverty are political conditions, and that solutions must be based upon a just and equitable redistribution of power. The organisations and institutions that we work for, with and through in the UK and worldwide must take on a more critical analysis of power and engage in political processes to tackle the inequalities of power, wealth and resources that create and maintain injustice and poverty.

We commit to Progressive Development, specifically:
• defining international development as radical change which challenges the status quo of power and hierarchy
• opposing the perception and practice, wherever we find it, that development is about service delivery and aid, rather than social justice
• implementing programmes and strategies that are motivated by empowerment and justice, not charity, pity and the vague aim of doing things for people
• empowering those without power to change their own lives, with our support in removing the global, national and local obstacles which currently prevent this
• using images in our work that tell the truth and treat people with dignity and respect
• listening to, learning from and acting in solidarity with those grassroots and social movements, South and North, that embrace a radical vision and seek to challenge a system that benefits few and impoverishes many
• promoting a gender-just vision of development that is inclusive of all women and men
• joining and working alongside existing social movements fighting for social, economic and environmental justice
• using the facts and evidence about inequality and its causes in all our advocacy, campaigning, fundraising and communication with the public, with government, with donors and with others we seek to influence
• acting with honesty and humility as individuals working for global justice, recognising that we don’t have all the answers and we don’t speak for others
• being the change we want to see, and seeking to make our organisations and institutions reflect all these commitments and become truly progressive places that we are proud to work for and represent

This charter is a statement of individual commitment and professional behaviour, and it is intended to influence our own organisations and those we work with. It is underpinned by a belief in the promotion and realisation of human rights for all people, everywhere in the world.


5 Responses to About

  1. Anna Thomas says:

    A further reminder that David Cameron leading global justice stretches all credibility… a blog that coincided with the recent post 2015 meeting in Liberia. For me, this kind of approach is the best way to balance the debate.


    • Anna Thomas says:

      …and I meant this comment to appear in the general blog not here and now I can’t seem to move it… my technical expertise knows no bounds. Oh well..

  2. amyrhall says:

    Hi all. I thought you may be interested in our new timeline (http://nin.tl/16Mngnq) which also mentions the Progressive Development Forum and the issue of imagery. Sorry for the slightly spammy comment.

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  4. Africa children need real development and real jobs and not charity .They need an enabling environment that would help them harnesss their pontentials and in turn use it to develop their continent .African children need social justic and all the corrupt leaders who have mis-managed Africa resources must be prosecuted and brought to book .How can Africa that is blessed with the largest deposit of natural resources and human resources be depending on aid from west that went away with her resources during the colonial era to develop their nations ?Almost all the past and current generations of Africa leaders have mismagement the continent enconomy .They have frantenize with the west to damage the continent .How are we going to fix the continent ?We need revolutionary and visionary leaders who will drop their bloods for the political emancipation of the continent from the hands of bad leaders .Aid can’t save the continent ..Now is the time to take the bull by the horn .

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