The humanitarian sector is far behind its ‘localization’ aims

By: Hasi Edema | April 2023 | Blog



While the delineation of humanitarian aid, development, and peacebuilding does not exist in the everyday lives of people, the international system continues to operate in silos. The status quo separates how funding trickles down to communities and leads to duplication of actions of international response as multiple organizations work on similar programs within the same communities. Short, fragmented responses that deprioritize leadership of people most proximate to the context do not adequately address evolving needs or outcomes either. Ultimately, the collective impact of all humanitarian aid, development, and peacebuilding actions is limited. This is a challenge for effective locally led action, but new models are emerging and hold promise in humanitarian contexts.

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