This Learning Review examines STP’s work under Output 2, the aim of which is to increase the voice and influence of local and national NGOs across five countries. It finds that the strengths of this project are its ability to combine community, district and national level initiatives to increase the influence of a range of actors, and its adaptive approach, which has enabled actors in each country to develop activities relevant to five very different humanitarian contexts. The project has forged new relationships, increased participation of partners in humanitarian networks, Joint Needs Assessments (JNA), and clusters, and has seen early successes in influencing local government. There are opportunities to make the activities under Output 2 more strategic, to invest in advocacy and influencing expertise, and to ensure greater local ownership of activities in several locations.
The objectives of the review were fourfold: to document the approaches taken in each of the five STP countries in relation to voice and influence; to assess results and good practices to date; to identify how existing humanitarian networks operate and influence humanitarian decision-making; and to provide recommendations relevant to Output 2. This study builds on an earlier learning review of Output 1, which focused on STP’s capacity strengthening approach.
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