Event recording

Learning on localisation: Why COVID-19 wasn’t the tipping point it could have been

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At Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) 2023, ALNAP and the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) Steering Group hosted a session on why COVID-19 wasn't the tipping point it could have been.

ALNAP applied their analytical framework on learning and system change, and drew from the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation of the COVID-19 Humanitarian Response, to enhance understanding of where and how the COVID-19 response led to positive changes and improvements in locally-led action, and where it did not. The session looked at what needs to happen now, in between crises, to ensure that the international humanitarian community is well prepared to implement improved localised responses in future emergencies.


  • Lori Bell - Chief of Evaluation Office, UNHCR
  • Andy Featherstone - Team Leader, Evaluation Team IAHE-COVID 19
  • John Mitchell - Special Advisor ALNAP
  • Jameel Abdo - CEO, Tamdeen Youth Foundation
  • Alix Masson - Senior Advocacy Advisor, NEAR
  • Marina Skuric Prodanovic - Chief, System-wide Approaches and Practices Section, OCHA
  • Mireia Villar Forner - UN Resident Coordinator in Colombia

The event was moderated by Manisha Thomas, Geneva Representative, Women’s Refugee Commission