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.

Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships is one of only two initiatives funded by Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) in support of the Grand Bargain Localisation Agenda.

Through the Missed Opportunities Consortium (Christian Aid, CARE, Tearfund, CAFOD, Oxfam, ActionAid), the programme will work together with networks of national and local NGOs to understand better how to unlock the power of partnerships, to build and promote local leadership and ultimately achieve a more effective humanitarian response.

This programme provides an exciting opportunity for local and national networks and NGOs to position themselves as equal partners within the local humanitarian eco-system and identify the practical components of quality partnerships that support them to take the lead.

Localisation requires systemic change in many different parts of the humanitarian system as the value of local NGO leadership in humanitarian response is clear.

An analysis of diverse partnership approaches that support localisation, led by local agencies and tested in local contexts will feed into country-specific “Pathways to Localisation”, which will provide practical guidance to all signatories of the Grand Bargain and more widely.

Key information


Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan


1 November, 2017 – 31 October, 2019

Programme value


Target population

This programme will target local and national NGOs and NGO networks in each of the four countries. It will also seek to share its results and advocate on localisation to Grand Bargain signatories and the humanitarian sector globally.


A national steering committee will lead 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 UK (in Nepal)

Consortium partners

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

Funded by DG ECHO

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Accelerating localisation through partnerships

Our approach

Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships will focus on uncovering the practical steps and positive partnerships which put local and national NGOs in the forefront of humanitarian response.

In so doing, it will seek to work with a broad and inclusive range of NGOs in each country.

The programme will engage with established, new and emerging national NGO networks in Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan.

Locally established national steering committees will work together with the consortium agencies and research team to develop a national localisation framework which speaks to the realities on the ground, and to develop a comprehensive piece of research exploring the operational, financial and business components of partnerships that are conducive to localisation.

Workshops with local partners will then help distil and validate the findings and recommendations.

In phase two, the findings of this research will be piloted and tested in real time protracted crises and emergency humanitarian settings.

Findings from the two-year programme will be collected into a “Pathways to Localisation” report, which will be presented to the Grand Bargain signatories and the wider humanitarian sector.

This report will provide practical guidance to all signatories on how to scale up their partnerships to support localisation.

Throughout, the programme will support local and national actors to increasingly engage in humanitarian coordination and decision-making structures at global, national and regional levels.


Local and national NGO involvement

Inception workshops

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

National Steering Committees

Committees have been established in all four countries with membership of almost 50 organisations (of which 37 are local and national NGOs)

Operational evidence base

Local actors have been involved in research on partnerships for humanitarian response. More than 140 local/national actors have been involved in qualitative data collection, more than 160 people have been involved in quantitative data collection to date.


Through the project, meetings and discussions with dozens of local actors have been held, both directly and via NGO forums in country. There has been meetings with over 50 organisations/agencies to date. The project has also established a Facebook group  to encourage discussion with over 100 members to date.

Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships


  • 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

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

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

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

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.

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