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Humanitarian Aid on the move # 19, special issue: Aid localisation

Localisation: moving from commitments to implementation
Kirsten Hagon

Key word: Point of view /

 A strong push for progress on an old issue

Despite this, local actors, while playing a significant role currently, are not receiving the support they need to meet their full potential and to maximize effective humanitarian response. The international humanitarian machine sweeps in for a crisis and disregards and often undermines local capacities. Funding priorities are dramatically skewed, partnerships are very unequal, and capacity investments remain very modest. We can and must do better. This is where the Grand Bargain commitment regarding localization - “making principled humanitarian action as local as possible”- is so important.

Grand Bargain signatories agreed to more support to local and national actors through specific commitments in the areas of funding, coordination, partnership and capacity building. See figure below:



These are individual commitments by each signatory, but they will be difficult to meet in isolation. If donors continue to hold international partners directly responsible for detailed results, the latter will find it difficult to enter into flexible agreements with local actors. If international actors do not cooperate in promoting the role of local actors, donors will find it difficult to identify and support the strongest and most effective partners. If local actors themselves are not brought into the dialogue, they will continue to be the object rather than a crucial protagonist in the debate.