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Shifting the Power programme

Shifting the Power

The Shifting the Power project aims to strengthen the capacity of local and national organisations so they can play a leading role in decision making during humanitarian crises.

The goal is for local organisations to have greater representation, voice and recognition in relevant networks and platforms, and to influence international organisations to promote the role of local and national organisations to create a faster, better quality and more effective humanitarian response. 

The project supports around 50 local and national NGO partners across five countries including Bangladesh, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya and Pakistan. Globally, Action Aid and CAFOD take the overall lead for the project, with Christian Aid leading the project in Bangladesh.

Key information



(Shifting the Power works globally but is led by Christian Aid in Bangladesh)

Time period

October 2014 to December 2017

Implementing partners

11 national partners in Bangladesh including: 

Amra Kaj Kory (AKK)
Association for Voluntary Actions for Society (AVAS)
Caritas Bangladesh
Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB)
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM)
Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK)
Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK)
Sajida Foundation, Shushilan
Uttara Development Program Society (UDPS)
World Concern Bangladesh (WCB)

Consortium partners

ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Oxfam and Tearfund



Target population

694,186 people in nine districts (calculated based on the working coverage of the partners)

Funded by
UK aid
UK aid
Our approach

The Strategic Humanitarian Assessment and Participatory Empowerment Framework (SHAPE) is the backbone of the project. It supports local and national organisations in assessing their organisational humanitarian capacity focusing on

  1. organisational governance and leadership,
  2. influencing,
  3. and preparedness and response.

Based on their self-assessment on these, they identify their capacity development priorities. Shifting the Power facilitates and guides organisations to realise their plans.

The framework is based on a model of humanitarian capacity that emphasises the importance of power and recognises organisational attributes to not only deliver humanitarian response but also to control and influence the shape of that response. 


  • 355 staff (36% female) among the 11 partners have received training on multiple humanitarian issues including: international humanitarian standard, MEAL, communications, advocacy, gender, cash transfer, humanitarian strategy, contingency planning. These organisations have cascaded these capacity building efforts to their in-house staff, community and youth volunteers.
  • 1,728 people have been trained, of which 67% are staff and 33% are community members and youth volunteers.
  • Five of the 11 partner organisations have developed local level joint needs assessment resource pool of 183 persons (33% female) spread over six districts.
  • 11 organisations now have their own organisational humanitarian strategy and contingency plan as a result of the project.  
  • A major achievement was the creation of in terms of a National Alliance of Humanitarian Actors, Bangladesh (NAHAB). This platform has been highly recognised by government and other humanitarian actors. During the 2017 floods in Haor, North West of the country, this platform led the needs assessment in one district (Netrokona) triggered by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) of Bangladesh. Read more about NAHAB in this blog.
  • NAHAB members agreed to step up forming the ‘NAHAB Haor Consortium’ to initiate joint resource mobilisation. Together they have applied to Oxfam's Humanitarian Response Grant Facility (HRGF) and have mobilised €190,000 to support 3,500 households with a cash grant. 
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An overview of this in-depth two-year programme of support for local organisations to strengthen their capacity to determine and deliver humanitari
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Shakeb Nabi, Country Manager, Christian Aid Bangladesh                


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