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Charles Lokwaruk from the accelerating localisation through partnerships programme

Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships

Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships aims to foster the power of strong partnerships between national and local NGOs and INGOs to strengthen local leadership of humanitarian response and advance the localisation agenda in Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan.

The Accelerating Localisation through Partnerships consortium (Christian Aid, CARE, Tearfund, ActionAid, CAFOD, Oxfam) will work together again following up on actions from the ‘Missed Opportunities’ series of reports along with networks of local and national NGOs to build and promote local leadership and ultimately achieve a more effective humanitarian response.

This programme is one of only a few initiatives funded by the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department in support of the Grand Bargain Localisation Agenda.

It is an exciting opportunity for international, national and local NGOs and networks to move towards more equal partners within the local humanitarian eco-system and identify partnership practices which support local actors to take a greater lead.

The value of local NGO leadership in humanitarian response is clear – understanding of the local culture, context, language and needs – and localisation requires systemic change in many different parts of the humanitarian system to support local response.  Research on partnership practices that support localisation will provide recommendations that will be piloted in local contexts. Learning and feedback from piloting will inform country-specific localisation frameworks, relevant for all humanitarian stakeholders. A global ‘Pathways to Localisation’ document will provide practical guidance to all signatories of the Grand Bargain and beyond. 

Accelerating localisation through partnerships

Key information

Location

Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan

Timescale

1 November, 2017 – 31 October, 2019

Programme value

€647,063

Target population

This programme will coordinate with more than 200 local and national NGOs and NGO networks across Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan.  Findings, recommendations and learning from the programme will be used to advocate on commitments made for localisation to Grand Bargain signatories and the humanitarian sector globally.

Partners

National Steering Committees will guide and advise the programme in each country.  They will be supported by a Programme Coordinator hosted by Christian Aid in Nigeria and Myanmar, CARE International in South Sudan, and Tearfund in Nepal.

Consortium partners

ActionAid, CAFOD, CARE, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Tearfund

Funded by

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ECHO Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Results

Inception workshops.

Workshops were held in all four countries with the participation of more than 170 people from local, national and international NGOs, donor and UN agencies.

National Steering Committees.

Committees have been established in all four countries to guide and advise on the programme with membership of more than 80 local and national organisations.

Evidence base / research.

Local actors informed research on partnership practices which support localisation of humanitarian response. More than 350 NGOs participated in the research; 85% of these were local and national NGOs. Links to research reports are below.

Operational change.

Consortium members and their local humanitarian partner organisations have reviewed the recommendations from the research and jointly developed an action plan to make changes which support more equal partnerships and build capacity for local partners to take a greater lead in humanitarian response programming.

Outreach.

Through the project, meetings and discussions with many local actors have been held, both directly and via NGO forums in country. There have been meetings with over 50 organisations/agencies to date. Join the Facebook Group to continue the discussion here.

Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships

Learning

  • There is an increasing demand for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) commitments to become a reality in field operations. This flagship programme heralded and tackles the need for practical implementation of the WHS commitments.
  • There is no established humanitarian operational model between local/national NGOs and INGOs, but it’s sorely needed; which this programme addresses.
  • It is critical to ensure rigorous inclusion methods so that the National NGO Steering Committees are not replicating or exacerbating existing power imbalances, but supporting the representation of a diverse range of local and national NGOs.
  • The transition from an active project start up role, to a role in support of local and national NGOs, now that national project structures are in place, has been an interesting process for INGO consortium members.
  • Localisation, the Grand Bargain and WHS commitments are not widely understood in the four target countries.
  • Implementing an ECHO grant on localisation will have learnings for ECHO’s own grant management system.

Reports and resources

This paper outlines eight priority actions for partnership-based humanitarian action, and five actions for an enabling environment, for loc

Recommendations for operational practices that strengthen the leadership of national and local actors in partnership-based humanitarian action. 

Recommendations to strengthen leadership of actors in partnership-based humanitarian action in Myanmar. (Myanmar language also available.)

Recommendations to strengthen leadership of actors in partnership-based humanitarian action in Myanmar. (English language also available.)

Recommendations to strengthen leadership of actors in partnership-based humanitarian action in Nepal. (Nepali language also available.)

Recommendations for practices that strengthen the leadership of national and local actors in partnership-based humanitarian action in Nigeria.

Recommendations for practices that strengthen the leadership of national and local actors in partnership-based humanitarian action in South Sudan.

An analysis of efforts on localisation in the Grand Bargain and wider processes, with recommendations on the ways forward.

The top twenty-three partnership practices for localisation are listed in this guidance note under the areas of project and financial management, c

Recommendations to strengthen leadership of actors in partnership-based humanitarian action in Nepal. (English language also available.)

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