Achieving a more ‘local’ response to humanitarian crises has been an explicit ambition of the formal humanitarian sector for several decades.
The Aid Worker Security Report 2011 is the third in a series of briefing papers monitoring trends and issues in security for humanitarian operations that base findings on data from the Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD).
The Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) for COVID-191 details how the international humanitarian community plans to respond to the public health and immediate humanitarian consequences of the pandemic on populations in countries already facing ongoing humanitarian crises.
‘Localisation’ would result in a global humanitarian system where national and local actors remain at the forefront and lead the action, and receive a much larger share of the available funding directly, rather than via international ‘funding mediaries’.
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.
Secretary-General, at Round Table, Commits to Making Humanitarian Action ‘Local as Possible, International as Necessary’
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the high-level round table on humanitarian financing at the World Humanitarian Summit, in Istanbul today.
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.
Definitions of resilience from a socio‐ecological perspective also cover a system's capacity to self‐organise and adapt to emerging circumstances (Gunderson, 2000; Folke, 2006). Definitions from a primarily social perspective add the ability to learn, innovate and change (Adger et al., 2011).
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.
As a forum, we understand that how well we can collaborate is directly related to how well we can protect the lives of aid workers around the world.
Summary of issues raised at meeting between national NGOs, INGOs and donors, 11th June 2020, co-hosted by Charter4Change, KUNO, Dutch Relief Alliance, Global Interagency Security Forum, CAFOD and CORDAID.