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With Amnesty International and Oxfam looking to join ActionAid in moving more of their operations to Africa, will these steps be enough to transform the international aid system?

A hurricane is blowing through the world of international development and when the dust settles, the landscape is going to look entirely different. At the centre of the storm is a mix of acknowledgement and fear around a simple principle, which is that to be effective and meaningful in the 21st century, NGOs have no business continuing to hole up in headquarters in the north.

Disintermediation, power-sharing, relocation, centre-shifting: call it what you will, but here’s the reality: the world’s largest NGOs, most of which were established in very different economic and political times in the middle of the last century in the global north, are now heading south. More