The Decolonial International Network (DIN) is a network of organisations that have built a space for decolonial movements to develop. DIN is not an NGO, nor is it subsidised by governments. It is totally dependent on donations from sympathisers.
DIN was born out of an initial conference coordinated by Ramon Grosfoguel, professor at the University of California Berkeley. In his frequent travels to different countries in Europe to lecture on decolonial knowledge, he had noticed that organisations and individuals in different European countries are working on the same themes along the same lines without knowing of each other’s existence. He decided to create a space where academics and activists could get to know each other by organising a first conference under the name “Decoloniality Europe” in 2012 in Madrid. Five other meetings were held over the next four years. In 2016 the network changed its name from Decoloniality Europe to Decolonial International Network, to reflect the international nature of the decolonial movement.
DIN does not promote just one model of organisation. Instead, it acknowledges the diversity of decolonial organisations and recognises that there is not just one way to decolonise society, everyone can make a contribution. The network operates on the principle of not preaching to others what they should do but by asking questions and listening while walking. There is no centrally led organisation but a network where each participant determines what they want to contribute with creating and maintaining the space.