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Learning about localisation


Localisation in Practice

The concept of localisation of aid has been present in the humanitarian sector for decades in the form of ‘building on local capacities.

Rethinking capacity and complementarity for a more local humanitarian action

Humanitarian action has been a mainly international endeavour, where power continues to lie with donors, UN agencies and large INGOs. This led to a call at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 for humanitarian action to be as ‘local as possible, as international as necessary’, which has inspired numerous debates and initiatives, including the Grand Bargain.

Localisation performance measurement framework

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 outlined the Grand Bargain Commitments that have a transformative potential for the humanitarian sector. However, there is currently no system in place which can be used for action planning and assessing and monitoring progress made in meeting these commitments in a programme, by an organisation or in a humanitarian response.

More than the Money: Localisation in practice

International actors are paying more attention to the role of local and national organisations while national actors want to play a bigger role in humanitarian response and be recognised as major players in first line response.