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Podcast: A conversation on the ‘Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships’ programme

As part of this special Humanitarian Exchange edition on localisation and local humanitarian action HPN commissioned a podcast on the ‘Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships‘ (ALTP) programme. The project involved a consortium of international NGOS: Christian Aid, CARE, Tearfund, ActionAid, CAFOD, Oxfam as well as more than 200 local and national NGOs and NGO networks across… Read more »

The state of play: localisation and state leadership of humanitarian action

This article examines state leadership and coordination of humanitarian response. It highlights some of the challenges faced by humanitarian agencies that engage with state-led structures in recent crises and makes recommendations about how these can be addressed in the future, and how agencies may seek to identify and mitigate residual risks. From principle to practice:… Read more »

Localising knowledge generation during a pandemic to make distributions safer

Over the last decade, efforts to build the evidence base for humanitarian action have grown immensely. While localisation is often discussed in relation to programming, the same approach is often missing in research and evaluation. Researchers based in the Global North often work with teams of enumerators and facilitators from the countries under study to… Read more »

‘How can we contribute if we can’t participate?’ The accessibility of humanitarian guidance to local and national organisations

In [the Democratic Republic of Congo], we sometimes mix French and English in coordination meetings, but if we want to better understand key information, all reference documents are in English and not everyone is comfortable with it. How can we be effective and contribute with our knowledge if we don’t understand the documents and we… Read more »

Local leadership, Covid-19 and the Pacific

Introduction Although the evidence base around the localisation agenda is uneven, there is increasing recognition that a great deal can be learned from local leadership across the Pacific in the context of Covid-19. In disaster response over recent decades, self-reliance and traditional knowledge have had to compete with the substantial presence of international agencies and… Read more »

Innovating to increase flexible funding for local-level organisations

Despite explicit commitments detailed in the Grand Bargain, funding to local actors is still critically lacking five years on. Studies suggest disappointing amounts of both direct and indirect funding to local and national NGOs (L/NNGOs). One study suggests that just 0.2% of overall humanitarian funding goes directly to these actors, while only 14.2% flows either… Read more »

Local funding flows and leadership: recent trends in 10 major humanitarian responses

Five years after the major humanitarian donors and INGOs signed the Grand Bargain committing to increasing funding for local actors, Local2Global Protection (L2GP) has analysed data on funding flows and leadership in humanitarian coordination. This article presents an overview of the findings from 10 country contexts (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), Somalia,… Read more »

L’union fait la force: lessons on localisation from Haiti

‘L’union fait la force’ are the words written on the Haitian flag: ‘unity makes us strong’. Many Haitansmay tell you that these words have yet to be fulfilled in Haitian society but the members of the RIHPED network (Réseau Intégral Haïtien pour le Plaidoyer et le l’Environnement Durable) are dedicated to this mantra and have… Read more »

Boost local Quick Response Funds to strengthen local humanitarian leadership

The call for local humanitarian leadership, where decision-making and funding models intentionally shift power to local and national actors before, during and after a crisis, has been around for at least the last 10 years, and was reinforced with pledges and commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016. Pivotal events over the past… Read more »