OCIC AGM2021 | Decolonizing Knowledge: Strengthening Academic-CSO Partnerships Through Community-based Approaches

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Centering Reconciliation & Decolonization in the International Cooperation Sector 
OCIC AGM & Symposium
September 21-24, 2021 

Join Knowledge Equity Lab Director Leslie Chan and Knowledge 4 Change Tkaronto Hub Co-Chair Karen Villaneuva for a panel on September 23rd, 2021 at OCIC’s Annual General Meeting on strengthening Academic-CSO Partnerships Through Community-Based Approaches!

Register here: https://www.ocic.on.ca/programs/agms-symposia/ocic-agm-symposium-2021-2/

OCIC AGM2021 | Decolonizing Knowledge: Strengthening Academic-CSO Partnerships Through Community-based Approaches

DATE: Sept 23rd, 2021

TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

This session will discuss the importance and meanings of decolonizing knowledge, drawing upon perspectives, experiences and current research and policy collaborations from panelists working to strengthen academic-CSO partnerships, collaboration and community-based and informed research.  

Resources & Background Reading


Leslie Chan

University of Toronto Scarborough

Leslie Chan is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies (formerly the Center for Critical Development Studies) and the director of the Knowledge Equity Lab at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Leslie’s teaching and professional interests center on the geopolitics of knowledge production and circulation, with a focus on how networking technologies are enabling new forms of open collaborations, while also amplifying and reproducing embedded power relations and inequality. In particular Leslie has been exploring the dynamics of university community partnership and the patterns of meanings around knowledge co-creation, participatory research, and how community engaged modes of knowledge production may contribute to different frameworks of valuing diverse knowledges and their dissemination.




Andréanne Martel

Spur Change

Andréanne Martel is the Director of the Spur Change Program for the Inter-Council Network (ICN), a coalition of the eight Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation in Canada. Prior to joining the ICN, Andréanne was the lead of the Next Generation: Collaboration for Development program, a joint initiative between Cooperation Canada (formerly known as CCIC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) aiming to foster better collaboration between practitioners and academics in the Canadian global development sector. She recently co-edited a special issue for the Canadian Journal of Development Studies on CSOs-Academic collaborations in the Canadian global development sector.

Judyannet Muchiri
Inter-Council Network

Judyannet Muchiri’s work sits at the intersection of gender equality, civic participation, and digital advocacy. She has experience doing advocacy work with non-profits in African countries, researching and writing on these areas. Her most recent research focuses on safe spaces for young women’s civic participation in Kenya. Currently, she is completing a PhD in Sociology, co-leading the Africa Community Engagement Hub, and doing policy and research work with the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN).

The ICN’s research project aligns with the sectoral-wide shift towards more feminist, anti-racist and decolonial approaches in international cooperation work. Increasingly, organizations are proactively interrogating their principles and practices; a positive step towards decolonizing the sector. However, this reflexivity exercise and the actions that result from it need to be done in a way that does not propagate the same harmful practices and/or produce new forms of harmful practices. Following the principles in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and in the UN’s Agenda 2030, this research brings together different CSOs, feminist activists, and youth leaders to explore feminist, anti-racist and decolonial approaches in public engagement. Learn more about the research project here.

Karen Villanueva-Paez

Toronto Centre for Learning & Development

Karen Villanueva-Paez is a Colombian community worker currently based in Tkaronto, Kanata (Toronto, Canada). She graduated from York University with an HBA in International Development Studies and is currently pursuing a Master in Social Work at the University of Toronto. Karen currently holds the portfolio of Supervisor of Programming at the Toronto Centre for Learning & Development. For the past 6 years, through her community development practice, Karen integrates her passion for popular education, activism and visual arts to support immigrant and newcomer populations living in underserved communities. Karen collaborates with grassroots stakeholders to create programs that serve their own communities and foster their capacity to enact social change.