LOCALISATION & GLOBALISATION: The conversation gets serious

Recent conversations and reports signal that the localisation debate is changing in significant ways: After three years of talk and research dominated by international agencies, without much progress in practice, the conversation is moving away from technical questions about definitions, indicators, and tracing money flows. The spotlight is now on the nature of the relationship between international and local/national agencies. Distrust, prejudice and compliance overwhelm, outdated notions of capacity-building, and localisation as driver of globalisation are coming to the foreground. Having been framed all this time in terms of operational efficiency, it is now acquiring a strategic perspective, with more profound questions about the purpose of international cooperation, the relationship between global civil societies, and the future role of international NGOs in a rapidly changing world. Read more about this here.