Why? The Grand Bargain, drawing on the report of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, argues for ‘localisation’ because it will be more costs-effective. Unfortunately, who gets what share of the money has become a major consideration, and source of resistance to effective localisation.
How do we make our collective, global, or ‘system-wide’ capacity better prepared to respond to a crisis in ways that maximise the participation of affected populations and reinforces rather than replaces local and national capacities?
What will make our own organisation better prepared to do this?
What strategic decisions for a particular crisis response, will create enabling conditions for this?
What does localisation mean for our individual (and collective) operational practices?
Locally-Led Response. An overview of GMI’s perspective and work on localisation (April 2019)
Understanding the Localisation Debate. An introduction to a confusing conversation (2017)
Localisation in Practice. Emerging indicators and practical recommendations. How the seven dimensions framework can be used for an assessment of the relationship and for a negotiation or an agreement on how to improve its quality. (July 2018)
The Finance and Economics of Localisation. Does the 25% target guarantee us that crisis response will be more cost-effective because they are lead by strong local/national actors?
Localisation and Globalisation. The conversation gets serious. Localisation as driver of globalisation!? (April 2019)
Prepared for Partnership. Trust and distrust in international cooperation. Different attitudes to local actors in the relief sector and the peacebuilding field. (February 2019)
Localisation. Partnership chronicles. How partnering with international agencies can be a risk for local and national CSOs. (January 2016)
Bring ‘Humanity’ and ‘Dignity’ back into the Relief Industry. Does all our professionalisation, technology and interest in data distract us from connecting with the human and social being that a crisis-affected person wants to be? (February 2010)
Debating The Grand Bargain In Bangladesh. Did the international response to the Rohingya refugee crisis set back localisation in Bangladesh? (March 2018)
Most Training Does not Develop Organisational Capacity: What we need to do differently. Questioning the effectiveness of the favourite ‘capacity-development approach. (August 2016)
Capacity-development in International Cooperation. Time to get serious. Do you have the capacity-to-develop capacities? (May 2017)
Localisation in Conflict Situations. Not holier than thou!? Nuancing the assertion of generally superior impartiality of international agencies. (January 2017)
Localisation and NGOs. Different interpretations, different outcomes. Is localisation a technical or a political issue? Is it about decentralisation, transformation, or a rich and complementary biodiversity? (November 2016)
Impact Of The Tsunami Response On Local And National Capacities. The first ever evaluation into this type of impact (July 2006)
Alliance for Empowered Partnerships
THE LOCAL PERSPECTIVE ON PARTNERSHIPS AND ACCOUNTABILITY
In line with commitment to localisation, the objective of this project is to identify good practice and principles of equitable partnership and accountability. This will be achieved by local organisations sharing their own definitions of 'partnership principles' and 'accountability standards'. Through carrying out consultations and interviews with local organisations in various contexts, this project will compile indicators of partnership principles and accountability standards from the local perspective. Taking an inclusive approach, the methodology will be developed by local actors to measure progress. This will provide a simple means by which the local organisations can assess the progress towards equitable partnership and accountability. It will help in building trust and credibility with partners, donors and the general public.
This project will be carried out in collaboration with COAST Trust in Bangladesh and Syrian organisations. We will also look for collaboration with like-minded organisations who would like to contribute to localisation and a more effective aid system. Let the local responders lead in Sulawesi Tsunami Response: Duplication of Mistakes will become Luxury"
Statement from Alliance for Empowering Partnerships
Our thoughts are with the people affected by the Tsunami and the local and national responders who have been trying to respond in the aftermath of the destruction caused by the Tsunami. We commend the efforts of local people to deal with search, rescue and assistance in the absence of outside help. In solidarity with the affected people, and In light of the appeals for funds to respond to the disaster around the world we urge that the International Actors and donors respect the commitments they have made in the Grand Bargain and Charter 4 Change.
We urge the donors to ensure that the international actors they are funding adhere to the commitment on Accountability to Affected population, localization and transparency and accountability. Read our statement of solidarity.
International Conveners of Alliance 4 Empowering Partnerships
Position paper - Grand Bargain
Equal partners not passengers
The A4EP, which is a network of organisations committed to strengthen the humanitarian architecture, has produced this advocacy position paper, which aims to positively influence the debate towards transformation of the humanitarian system. A4EP urges the GB signatories and the secretariat to work in a more open and transparent manner, and in the spirit of equitable partnership, which is espoused in the GB. We urge the localisation work stream co-conveners to be more transparent in their decision-making and embrace more local actors to make it truly representative. Most of its meetings should be held in aid-recipient countries, not in Western capitals. The members of A4EP are ready to take their responsibility and work with the GB secretariat and the localisation work stream to achieve this.
International Conveners of Alliance 4 Empowering Partnerships
Publication: Missed Opportunities Consortium, November 2016
Publication: World Humanitarian Summit, UN General Assembly, August 2016
Publication: Missed Opportunities Consortium, April 2016
Syrian Civil Society And The Swiss Humanitarian Community, Challenge, Opportunity And The Future Of Syria.
Publication: Geo Expertise, IHEID, December 2015.
Breaking The Hourglass: Partnerships In Remote Management Settings–The Cases Of Syria And Iraqi Kurdistan
Publication : Tufts University, Feinstein International Centre, February 2015.
Publication: Missed Opportunities Consortium, June 2014
Missed Opportunities: The Case For Strengthening National And Local Partnership-Based Humanitarian Responses
Publication: Missed Opportunities Consortium, October 2013