WIAN was founded in 2017, to address the inequality women, young people and minorities face building their international careers. As an organisation founded by black women in the international affairs industry, breaking down barriers to entry, promotion and support was, and still is at the heart of all that we do. 90% of our team is from an ethnic minority background, and each year our annual mentorship scheme, which you can find out more here, sees over 100 young women from across Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe receive personal and professional support as they begin their international careers, in whichever sector this may be.
We unequivocally and unashamedly stand in solidarity with all of those who are protesting and fighting against racial inequality and systemic racism in all of its forms. There is still much work to be done in the industry to address the historic and long-lasting impacts of racism, and we hope to see the conversation continue, and be followed with meaningful action.

Continue on for more educational resources, and keep an eye out for announcements on how to get involved with us. Please note this page is continually updated, and the resources are for information purposes only, and should not be taken as expert or legal advice.

anti-racism equality & inclusion.


Race, Racism and Development

Written by Kalpana Wilson, this book tackles the relationship between the global north and south, and highlights the racialisation of development issues such as human rights, ethnic conflict, public health, history and culture.



Why Race Matters in International Relations

Opinion piece by Kelebogile Zvobgo and Meredith Loken on how western dominance and white privilege have gripped mainstream international relations theory.


White optimism and the erasures of racism in global development


Focusing on the silencing and erasures of matters of racism in the field of education and international development, and drawing on political theories of 'white ignorance', Dr Arathi Sriprakash from the University of Cambridge considers the extent to which the development industry uses 'white optimism' to keep systems of racial domination in place.



We need to talk about racism in the aid sector

In this opinion piece, Tindyebwa Agaba shines a light on the casual racism, implicit bias and discrimination humanitarian works face in the aid sector.


Good Ancestor

An interview series with change-makers & culture-shapers exploring what it means to be a good ancestor. Hosted by speaker, anti-racism educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad.



Racial Identity

18 year old Joanne Nchimbi, a student at the American School of Brasilia, in a breath-taking talk, lays down in complete sincerity her experience understanding and manoeuvring around the idea of racial identity.


Is the International System Racist?

In this essay, Katie Lockwood, demonstrates the ways in which the international system is racist, first tackling racism as a social construct forged by power, and how it manifests in the global economy, the international use of force, and supposed ‘humanitarian’ norms.



End volunteerism and the white saviour industrial complex

Feminist writer Rosebell Kagumire spotlights the dangers of racialised power, white supremacy and patriarchal capitalism in the African context, and argues that while it may look different, the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racism protests are an African struggle, too.


How to be Anti-Racist in Aid

The recent killing of George Floyd and subsequent #BlackLivesMatter protests in the US and globally have reinvigorated discussions about anti-Black racism in all parts of society. The global development and humanitarian aid sector has its own share of issues on racism that remains to be addressed.



Equity in the international development sector - we need more intravists

Intravism involves internal efforts to change organizational structures. As a Nigerian-American woman climbing the ladder, Blessing Omakwu highlights where the sector needs to do more, and the wide ranging actor