Funded by

Agence française de Développement, Fondation de France & Principauté de Monaco

The purpose of this work is twofold: on the one hand, it seeks to provide an operational perspective by making an initial assessment of the progress and difficulties encountered in locating aid in this specific context; on the other hand, it aims to contribute to the ongoing debate within the international humanitarian community on the localization of aid, its definition, its challenges and its risks.

Groupe URD is involved in several studies aimed at developing a shared understanding of the “localization of international aid”. A study on the response to the Syrian crisis in the Tripoli conurbation in Lebanon was carried out in partnership with the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, as well as two case studies in Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a research project entitled “More than the money: location in practice” for Trocaire.

There is no clear definition of the localization of aid in the humanitarian sector. However, semantic clarifications are needed to structure the collection of information and analysis on this subject. Based on its expertise and previous work, Groupe URD proposes the following generic definition: “The localization of aid is a process on the part of different stakeholders in the humanitarian system that aims to strengthen the role of local and national actors, whether representatives of public authorities or civil society, and to place them at the centre of the response”.

Carried out by

Nawal Karroum

Junior expert (2015-17)