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Allan Gichigi/Oxfam
Humanitarian aid is increasingly carried out by local organisations.

When local actors lead in humanitarian response

Kas Muijres, 17 October 2017

International non-governmental organizations have committed themselves in the Grand Bargain to work towards localizing humanitarian response, which entails that local and national responders are in charge of humanitarian aid. But how do local and national responders experience this localization? And what can be done to improve current programming?

KUNO and Oxfam Novib organized a debate on the 12 October to get answers to these questions. A panel of local and national responders was invited to talk about their perspective on localization. The panel consisted of:

  • Paparu Liliane Obiale, Humanitarian Program Manager at CEFORD in Uganda
  • Sudhansu Singh, Executive Director of Humanitarian Aid International in India
  • M. Ehsanur Rahman, Executive Director of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) in Bangladesh
  • Kevin Lee, Director of A Single Drop in the Philippines

Smruti Patel, Director of the Global Mentoring Initiative in Geneva, moderated the debate. To read more about what was discussed during the debate, click here to read the report.

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