Understanding of the Localisation Debate

Project: Financial EnablersTransforming Surge Capacity 17th July 2017

by Koenraad Van Brabant & Smruti Patel, CDP (Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation, Inc)

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in May 2016 led to a voluntary commitment of major governmental donors and international relief agencies, known as the ‘Grand Bargain’. One key commitment is to provide “more support and funding tools for local and national responders”. This has become known as ‘localisation’. Over the past year, the precise and practical meaning of ‘localisation’ has generated a lot of focused work but also intensive debate. Both the term ‘localisation’, and the debate, are confusing to many.

This paper sets out the main parameters of the debate, and identifies reasons why it remains so confusing.


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