Decolonise IVS


Decolonise Steering Committee (DSC)

In 2023, the steering committee met in Helsinki, Finland, hosted by Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland

The Decolonise Steering Committee meets monthly online to follow up on the project’s progress and to plan the upcoming activities. The DSC is composed of one representative from each participating organisation and CCIVS and ICYE are coordinating this team.

Besides regular online meetings, the Decolonise Steering Committee also meets in situ to exchange on the challenges encountered and to discuss the work plan in more detail. Each meeting is hosted by a consortium member. 

The first DSC meeting took place in Berlin, Germany and was hosted by ICYE. The meeting ended with a decolonial tour in Berlin which was very symbolic as one of the participants reminded us that the Berlin Conference of, also known as the Congo Conference or West Africa Conference, concluded on 26 February 1885, with the signature of a General Act, regulating the European colonisation and trade in Africa during the New Imperialism period.

The DSC met for the second time on 28 March – 1 April 2023 in Helsinki, Finland, hosted by Maailmanvaihto – ICYE Finland. The meeting included an insight into local realities in Finland as a guest speaker from the secretariat of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Concerning the Sámi People shared some of the discrimination and rights violations the indigenous Sámi people have historically and currently been facing and the work done to advance their rights and wellbeing.

The third DSC meeting was held 12–16 December 2023 in Vienna, Austria, hosted by Grenzenlos. Besides assessing the progress of the project and making future plans, the DSC took a bit of time to discuss from their points of view some of the questions presented in the self-assessment tool for IVS organisations that are being developed in the project.

Steering committee members working in Vienna, December 2023.