A more localised aid system: current status and discourse

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This is part of the EXplain: Essential briefings for humanitarian decision-makers series.

The term localisation describes a broad-based policy agenda for strengthening the power and funding of local actors in humanitarian response. The road to localising the aid system has been bumpy despite high-level rhetoric and commitments.

International organisations must confront complex challenges, sometimes at odds with their own success measures. They must also overcome other obstacles: legislation, risk appetite, the vetting and funding of many smaller organisations, accountability to taxpayers.

Meanwhile, local groups are becoming vocal and assertive in demanding power and independence as inequalities persist.

Slow progress can be seen in policies and pilots of approaches, but there is still little evidence to support localisation efforts or analysis of outcomes and impacts.


  • Publication language: English
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