Localisation of Humanitarian Response

Local and national humanitarian actors are essential for effective humanitarian response.

Localisation of Humanitarian Response
November 21, 2016 Delivery and Access

Local humanitarian actors are often the first responders when disaster strikes.

Local actors have the best understanding of the context and acceptance by the people in need of assistance and protection.Yet, despite recent developments - including the commitments made during the recent World Humanitarian Summit and Grand Bargain - local actors still only receive approximaitely 2% of all humanitarian funds. They also struggle to be treated as strategic and equal partners by international actors. On the other side, critics raise concerns over the inability of local actors to operate in a principled manner as well as fulfil due diligence and quality requirements. 

Through field missions and partnerships, the STAIT works to identify concrete examples of how the comparative advantages of international, national, and local humanitarian actors have been optimised to strengthen humanitarian preparedness and response. The STAIT shares these examples and the practical steps that can be taken to bring local actors to the forefront of field operations across senior humanitarian leaders and practitioners.

“Localisation means better results and reaching more people sooner - for lasting effects”

In the STAIT webinar, As local and possible, as international as necessary: Practical Steps, the Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator (HC) in Pakistan; HC and First Assistant Secretary, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and the Head of East Asia Country Support, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, outlined six important steps for strengthening the role of local actors that are applicable to most contexts:

Do you have any practical examples to share on localisation in field operations? Please email them to STAIT@un.org 



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STAIT Localisation Webinar Summary


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