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Colonialism represents an expansionist mindset and the desire for power, exploitation and control over a certain area. For centuries, the influence of colonialism has altered the risk landscape of countries across the globe, either by maintained forms of marginalization, reinforcing elitist systems or supporting exploitative practices that intensify inequality or degrade the local environment. Notably, colonialism continues to take place under new forms, hidden in international policies, the economy and aid programmes, among other expressions of neocolonialist power.

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