Localisation of Humanitarian Aid
An initiative, led by both National and International NGOs, to practically implement changes to the way the Humanitarian System operates to enable more locally-led response
We the undersigned organisations, working in humanitarian action welcome the extensive consultations and discussions which have been generated during the World Humanitarian Summit process. We believe that now is the time for humanitarian actors to make good on some of the excellent recommendations arising through the WHS process by committing themselves to deliver change within their own organisational ways of working so that southern-based national actors can play an increased and more prominent role in humanitarian response.
In the case of international NGO signatories we commit our organisations to implement the following 8 point Charter for Change.
In the case of southern-based NGOs working in partnership with international NGOs we endorse and support this Charter for Change. We will be holding our international NGO partners which have signed this Charter to account and asking those which are not signatories to this Charter to work towards signing up:
The Charter for Change includes 8 Commitments that INGOs agree to implement, to address imbalances and inequality in the global humanitarian system.
Commit to pass 20% of humanitarian funding to National NGOs
Reaffirm principles of partnership
Publish the amount or percentage of funding that is passed to NNGOs
Address and prevent the negative impact of recruiting NNGO staff during emergencies
Emphasise the importance of national actors to humanitarian donors
Address subcontracting and ensure equality in decision-making
Provide robust organisational support and capacity building
Promote the role of local actors to media and public
The Charter4Change has been endorsed by over 200 National and Local Organisations from 45 countries across the world, calling on their international partners to work signing the 8 commitments.
34 International NGOs have signed the Charter and committed their organisations to change the way they work by implementing the 8 commitments above.
Antti Toivanen, Finn Church Aid Country Director for Greece, shares from his experiences, the importance of partnerships in ensuring collective results.
Large, northern NGOs should be more aware of the essential role of local aid organizations. After a disaster, these local organizations can offer help faster and more effectively. And at lower costs. It’s time for real partnerships and a more honest system of financing.
Jody Gunn-Russell, Human Resources Advisor at CAFOD, shares her reflections and ideas to ensure HR complements the localisation agenda.
The call from our endorsers and signatories is that the Humanitarian System needs to be more Locally-led. Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in May we will be running a photo campaign to let World Leaders know why Localisation is important for all those involved in Humanitarian Action.
Send us a photo, with your name and organisation, by clicking the button below, to join the campaign to tell World Leaders at the Summit why we need Localisation: