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Study on aid localisation during the response to hurricane Matthew in Haiti

This study, which is part of the “Learning and innovating to improve crisis response” project, will review aid localisation approaches and practices in Haiti following hurricane Matthew in Haiti. It will cover the period from October 2016 to June 2017 and will focus on operations carried out in the Sud and Nord-Ouest departments. There are two main objectives: to assess the progress made and problems encountered in terms of aid localisation in this specific context; and to contribute to the debate within the international humanitarian community on aid localisation, how it is to be defined, and the issues and risks that it involves.

Groupe URD is involved in a number of projects that aim to establish a shared understanding of what “aid localisation” means. A study on the response to the Syrian crisis in the conurbation of Tripoli in Lebanon was carried out in partnership with the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and two case studies were conducted in Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a research project called “More than money: localisation in practice” for Trocaire. The findings of this project will be published soon.

There is not yet any clear definition of aid localisation within the international aid sector. Semantic clarification is needed to enable data collection and analysis of this subject. Based on our in-depth knowledge and experience within the sector, we have proposed the following generic definition: “Aid localisation is a process whereby the different stakeholders of the humanitarian system aim to increase the role of local and national actors - both public authorities and civil society - and place them at the centre of the response”.

This study is part of the project “Learning and innovating to improve crisis response” funded by the French Development Agency, the Fondation de France and the Principality of Monaco, in partnership with Coordination Sud.
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