Table 1

The implication of Fanon’s definition of decolonisation for the contemporary global health industry

What Fanon saysWhat we think this may mean for the global health industry
‘Another ‘species’ of men… the ‘thing.’For the global health industry, another species and a thing are often conceptualised as the global health ‘beneficiary.’ These terms indicate a lack of worthiness of the non Euro-America global health expert and its privileged affiliates, often reinforced through logics of white supremacy, racism, sexism, capitalism, and more.
‘It transforms spectators crushed with their inessentiality into privileged actors … introduced by new men, and with it a new language and a new humanity … the veritable creation of new men.’For the global Health industry, three terms of this quote hold parallels. First, new men indicates not only a replacement of leadership, but the necessity of opening the confines of global health to the perspectives of the ‘other.’ Second, the term new language is Fanon’s prescription, suggesting that any form of prescription must make room for new language and ways of thinking that allow the perspective of the former other to be heard and claim ownership. Third, the term new humanity is the outcome of the above two steps, suggesting an entirely different paradigm undergirding the logics of global health.
‘The need of a complete calling in question of the colonial situation’The final quote is the outcome of the above. This new paradigm must dismantle white supremacy, racism, sexism, and capitalism, and as such the colonial situation of the global health industry.