Let's figure out how to create solidarity that heals, rather than perpetuates, injustice

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Healing Solidarity offers a free to access online space and events throughout the year, an annual week-long conference and consultancy support for organisations.

A taste of Healing Solidarity 2020

Our annual online conference is a week of conversations with activists, practitioners and thinkers interested in welcoming the change we need in international development practice, and figuring out how to care for ourselves and one other in the process.

Check out a taste of the conversations from our 2020 conference below

MEET THE SPEAKERS from our 2020 conference

Carmen Morcos

Carmen Morcos

Wellbeing Coach, Impact Visionary

Chipo Bangira

Chipo Bangira

Feminist and Transformational Leadership Manager at Akina Mama wa Afrika


Devi Leiper O'Malley

Board Member of Urgent Action Fund Asia and Pacific, and former Co-Executive Director of FRIDA


Eliza-Helen Ampomah

Co-founder, Diasporic Development & Campaigns Officer, Youth Leaders for Health

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Gagan Sethi

Founder of Janvikas. Development Educator, Organisational Development Expert & Trainer


Everjoice Jeketa Win

International’s Director for Programs and Global Engagement, ActionAid, Professor of Practice-Women’s Rights, SOAS, University of London. Advisor, Founder, Board Member, Writer, Blogger, and Influencer

Mutiara Alam

Mutiara Alam

Economist, Research Manager & Facilitator at The Racial Equity Index
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Neha Kagal

Senior Technical Advisor for Women’s Rights at an INGO, Fellow at ‘Practice for Transformative Action’ (PiTA) programme at the East Bay Meditation Centre, Oakland, CA.


Hope Chigudu

Coach, Facilitator, Evaluator, Organisational Development practitioner, published author and editor

Kristie Lockhart

Kristie Lockhart

Strategic Advisor and Fundraising Consultant

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Nikita Yasmin Shah

Researcher & Analyst, Founder of Hyphen Poetry and a co-founder of The Colonial Hangover Project.

Lisa VeneKlasen

Lisa VeneKlasen

Former Executive Director, Just Associates (JASS)


Leila Billing

Gender and Development Consultant


Lena Bheeroo

Events and Programme Manager and Lead on anti-racism work, BOND, Committee Member, Charity So White, Racial Equity Index, working group Member.

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Lysa John

Secretary-General of the CIVICUS Alliance


Naana Otoo-Oyortey MBE

Executive Director of FORWARD

Neha Misra

Neha Misra

Contemporary visual folk artist, poet, and social entrepreneur


Penelope Sanyu

Founder and CEO Femme Forte Uganda

Radha Mahendru

Radha Mahendru

Researcher & Curator

Ruby Johnson

Ruby Johnson

Feminist activist, social justice consultant and former Co-Executive Director at FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund


Saagarika Dadu

Equity Index, Researcher & Consultant

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Samah Ahmed 

Programme and Research Manager, Shabaka

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Suzanne Graham

Senior Organizing Manager at the Sierra Club

Swarnlata Mahilkar

Swarnlata Mahilkar

Feminist activist & Manager of Programs and Innovation at CREA

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Sophie Efange

Policy Manager at the Gender and Development Network & co-founder of its Women of Colour Forum

Stephanie de Wolfe

Stephanie de Wolfe

Independent consultant, Artist and Producer

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Takyiwa Danso

Development Practitioner & Artist
Youth Advisor to VSO & Former Youth Delegate UNGA


Weh Yeoh

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer at UMBO

What we explore together

Welcoming change means being ready to see things as we know them fall apart in the context of international 'aid' and 'development'.

How do we orientate towards welcoming the change that is needed, embracing new ways of doing things, new ways of seeing ourselves and new ways of operating?

What action can we each take to make our sector meaningfully reflective, anti-racist, feminist and de-colonial?

How we can build just cultures in organisations, communities and initiatives which create the collective care and healing we crave?

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Why are you doing this online?

Healing Solidarity has been online since our first conference in 2018 so you have always been able to join from wherever in the world you are!

We've never been afraid of the difficult questions about 'development' and 'aid' and our conference has been a place to talk about racism, power and desperately needed change our sector since we first launched.

 In a year when everything has gone online and everything we thought we knew is being challenged, we will provide online sustenance to help you to meet this moment and be part of change.

Providing a space for you to explore what it means to welcome change, build new practices and work together in radically different ways and we will also this year share our own practice with you, the ways in which we within Healing Solidarity are seeking to do things differently as we co-create this project.

If you value this work please consider JOINing US AS A SUSTAINING MEMBER. This will give you ACCESS TO DOWNLOADABLE RECORDINGS of all our events, an invite to our members parties and help us to sustain and grow this work.

Find out more about becoming a Sustaining Member of Healing Solidarity here.

Who runs this project? Meet the Healing SOLIDARITY ADVISORY CIRCLE


Mary Ann Clements

Feminist Writer, Facilitator, Activist and Coach and Initiator of Healing Solidarity

Swatee Deepak

Social Justice Consultant, Former Director, Co-Founder and Board Member


Pontso Mafethe

Interim Director of Programmes at the African Women's Development Fund
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Esua Goldsmith

Author, Facilitator, Strategist, Activist and Speaker
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Roshni Nuggehalli

Executive Director at Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA)
Jennifer Lentfer

Jennifer Lentfer

Aid worker turned writer/poet, writing coach, and communications strategist


I’m not based in the UK, can I take part in this too?
Yes. Our online Collective, resources and events are accessible from anywhere in the world.

How is this project run and managed?
Originally initiated by Mary Ann Clements this project is now run by the Advisory Circle listed above who are in the process of registering Healing Solidarity as a Community Interest Company in the UK. 

Is this really free?
Yes, it's free to join the Collective and participate in our events. We do need resources to support this project and so we do invite those who participate to give and help sustain this project if they are able to.  Find out more about becoming a sustaining member of Healing Solidarity here.

I don’t actually work in international development. Can I still join?
Yes absolutely. Anyone who is interested in issues of global solidarity and collective care is welcome to join us.