What do we take for granted about “international development”? How could feminist approaches challenge and transform the current development narrative? What would global collaboration based on gender, racial, environmental and economic justice – rather than a drive for profit and colonial legacies – look like?

These are questions we are exploring together in a five-part podcast series, “A Pathway Towards Feminist Global Collaboration,” initiated by an emerging network of practitioners aiming to re-think development policy from a feminist perspective, FAIR SHARE of Women Leaders and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Over the course of five episodes, this new series seeks to contribute to the current debate on feminist development and foreign policy in Germany and the Global North more broadly. Below you will also find recommendations for practitioners to accompany each episode.

Listen along as we re-think, reflect and learn with and from people whose voices have long been excluded and marginalised in the development sector. 


Let’s imagine Feminist Global Collaboration together!

You can find all episodes under the “Our voices, our choices” stream on the Heinrich Böll website, Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or in the app of your choice. Help us spread the word by rating us or recommending us to others. You can also send us feedback and suggestions at lisa@fairsharewl.org

“You learn from the women here in central India that economy cannot be something that is just based on profits. Economy has to be based on economy of share and care, of localized economy, of respecting the right of nature, respecting the other species.”

 Shristee Bajpa, Researcher with climate action group KALPAVRIKSH (India)

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 briFind live episodes and their accompanying recommendation briefs below:

Episode 1: Feminist Collaboration

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Episode 2: Knowledge is Power

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Episode 3: Intersectionality, gender & the economy

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Episode 4: Funding beyond power differentials

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Episode 5: Beyond representation

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Episode five: Beyond Representation

Pema Wangmo Lama

Indigenous youth, climate and feminist activist

Roula Seghaier

Strategic Program Coordinator, International Domestic Workers Federation

Jovan Džoli Ulićević

Association Spektra, Trans Mreža Balkan and TGEU

Episode four: Funding beyond power differentials

Angelika Arutyunova

Feminist thinker, strategist, advocate and consultant 

Chantelle de Nobrega

Grants Manager at Mama Cash

Episode three: Intersectionality, Gender and the Economy

Veena Singh

Feminist development practitioner

Natalia Carrau

Environmental justice and labor rights advocate

Sanyu Awori

Building Feminist Economies Manager at Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

Episode two: Knowledge is power

Désirée Acholla

PhD student and founder of social impact consultancy Inararibonye Advisors

Elvira Constantina Pablo Antonio

Lawyer, indigenous rights activist and Policy and Member Engagement Officer for Latin America & the Caribbean at Girls Not Brides

Ayisha Siddiqa

Pakistani environmentalist and the co-founder of Polluters Out and Fossil Free University

Episode one: Feminist Collaboration

Shrishtee Bajpai

Researcher with India-based activist group KALPAVRIKSH

Saranel Benjamin

Head of Partnerships at Oxfam GB

Prof. Dr. Aram Ziai

Head of Development Policy and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kassel

Our Host

Samie Blasingame

Host and moderator

Samie is a facilitator and community organiser active in issues related to environmental justice and sustainable food systems. She holds an MA in Environmental Policy and Planning from Freie Universität Berlin and a BA in International Studies from California State University, Long Beach. 

Do you have questions, feedback, or suggestions for future guests?

We’d love to hear from you! You can reach us at lisa@fairsharewl.org

“International development has a long way to go before it can actually start to relinquish that colonial control and distrust that exists between the Global North and the Global South.  It’s not geared towards the self-determination and autonomy of the Global South at all.”

Saranel Benjamin, Head of Partnerships, Oxfam Great Britain

Supported by

This series was initiated by an emerging network of practitioners aiming to re-think development policy from a feminist perspective; us, FAIR SHARE of Women Leaders, a feminist non-profit initiative to advance gender equity in the in civil society sector; and the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. Audio production by Grettch.