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

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The Charter

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 by May 2018.

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 can be downloaded in English, French and Arabic:



The Charter for Change includes 8 Commitments that INGOs agree to implement by May 2018

Direct Funding

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


29 International NGOs have signed the Charter and committed their organisations to change the way they work by implementing the 8 commitments above

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Nearly 150 National and Local Organisations from 43 Countries across the World have endorsed the Charter for Change, calling on their international partners to work towards signing the 8 commitments


Access Development Services (India); ACT Alliance (Global); Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) (Kenya); Action pour le Volontariat à Dubreka (Guinea); Adamawa Peace Initiative (Nigeria); ADES – Agences de Développent Economique et Social ONG (Chad); Adeso (Kenya); Adev (Cameroon); Adilet (Kyrgyz Republic); Adult Literacy Centre (Malawi); Africa Humanitarian Action (Ethiopia); Africa Peace Service Corps (Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania);  Agile Internationale (Guinea); Akkar Network for Development (Lebanon); Airavati (Myanmar); Amel Association (Lebanon); American University of Nigeria (Nigeria); Amity Public Safety Academy (Philippines); Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade (Philippines); Anglican Development Services (ADS) North Rift (Kenya); Applied Research Institute (Occupied Palestinian Territory); ARDD-Legal Aid (Jordan); Ard El-Insan (AEI), Palestinian Benevolent Association (Occupied Palestinian Territory); Arid Land Development Focus (Kenya); Arysh (Public Association) (Kyrgyz Republic); Asociación Benposta Nacion de Muchachos (Colombia); Asociación de Desarrollo Agrícola y Microempresarial (ADAM) (Guatemala); Asociacion para la Educacion y el Desarrollo (ASEDE) (Guatemala); Association des Acteurs de Développement (Cameroon); Association Tunisienne De Défense des droits de l’enfant (Tunisia); Astha Sansthan (India)

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (Bangladesh); Belay Rehabilitation Center (Philippines)

Caritas Bangladesh (Bangladesh); Caritas Developpement Niger (CADEV-Niger) (Niger); Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center (CLMC) (Lebanon); Caritas Nepal (Nepal); Caritas Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka); Cash Learning Partnership (Global); CEN (Civil Society Empowerment Network) (Afghanistan); Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation (Philippines); Centre for Legal Empowerment (Kenya); Center for Protection of Children (Kyrgyz Republic); Center for Support of International Protection (Kyrgyz Republic); Center of Resilient Development (Nepal); Centro de Promocion y Cultura (CPC) (Colombia); Centro Intereclesial de Estudios Teologicos y Sociales (CIEETS) (Nicaragua); Childreach Nepal (Nepal); Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) (Malawi); Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (India); Church of Uganda Teso Dioceses Planning and Development Office (CoU-TEDDO) (Uganda); Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (Bangladesh); Community Development Support Services (CDSS) (South Sudan); Community Initiative Facilitation and Assistance Ethiopia  (Ethiopia); Community Initiative for Prosperity and Advancement (CIPA) (Uganda); Community World Service Asia (Pakistan); Concertación Regional para la Gestión del Riesgo (CRGR) (Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador); Coordination, Rehabilitation and Development Service (Afghanistan); Corporacion Manigua (Colombia)

East Jerusalem YMCA – Women’s Training Program (Occupied Palestinian Territory); EcoWEB (Philippines); Embolden Alliances (Global); Emergency Pastoralist Assistance Group – Kenya (Kenya); Environment and Child Concern Organization Nepal (ECO-Nepal) (Nepal);

Forum Bangun Aceh (Indonesia); Forum for Awareness and Youth Activity (FAYA) (Nepal); Foundation for Rural Development (Pakistan); Friends of Lake Turkana (Kenya); Fundacion Tierra de Paz (Colombia)

GEPA (South Sudan); Groupe d’action de Paix et de formation pour la Transformation (GAPAFOT) (Central African Republic)

Hayata Destek (Support to Life) (Turkey); Health Link South Sudan (South Sudan); Human Health Aid (Burundi); Human Rights Movement “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan” (Kyrgyz Republic); Humanitarian Aid International (India); Humanitarian Development Consortium (South Sudan); Humanite Plus (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Institut Bioforce  (France), Institute for Social and Economic Development Assistance (ISEDA – Public Fund) (Kyrgyz Republic); Integrated Risk Management Associates (USA); Iranian Lifequality Improvement Association (Iran); Indonesian Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS) (Indonesia); InterAid (Uganda)

Jabilia Rehabilitation Society (Occupied Palestinian Territory); Jindal School of International Affairs (India); Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (Global); Joint Strategy Team (JST) comprising of – Bridging Rural Integrated Development and Grassroot Empowerment (BRIDGE), Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), Kachin Relief and Development Committee (KRDC), Kachin Women Association (KWA), Kachin Development Group (KDG), Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (KMSS), Metta Development Foundation (Metta), Nyein (Shalom) Foundation and Wunpawng Ninghtoi (WPN) (Myanmar);  Jordan Hashemite Charitable Organisation (Jordan); Jordan Health Aid Society International (Jordan); Just Project International (Global)

Kapoeta Development Initiative (KDI) (South Sudan);

Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa); Le CEPROSSAN ASBL (DRC) Legal Resources Centre (South Africa); Libyan Humanitarian Relief Agency (Libya); Lotus Kenya Action for Development Organization (LOKADO) (Kenya); Lutheran World Service India Trust (India);

Mavi Kalem Social Assistance and Charity Association (Turkey); Mercy Malaysia (Malaysia); Moroto Nakapiripirit Religious Leaders Initiative for Peace (MONARLIP) (Uganda);

National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines (Philippines); Nuba Relief Rehabilitation and Development Organization (Kenya);

OFADEC (Senegal); Omarang Charity Association for Multipurpose (South Sudan), ONG Eau Vie Environnement (Senegal)

Palestinian Vision Organisation (PalVision) (Occupied Palestinian Territory); Partnership for Faith & Development (Global); People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network, Inc. (Philippines); PRISNA (Democratic Republic of Congo); PRO-VIDA, Asociacion Salvadorena de Ayuda Humanitaria (El Salvador); Public Foundation “Bio Service” (Kyrgyz Republic) ; Public Fund “Mehr Shavkat” (Kyrgyz Republic)

Rakai Counsellors’ Association (RACA) (Uganda); Ranaw Disaster Response and Rehabilitation Assistance Center (Philippines); REDESO (Tanzania)

Sawa for Development and Aid (Lebanon); Seeds India (India); Settlement Council of Australia (Australia); Signature Research Centre (Rwanda); Shafak (Syria/Gaziantep, Turkey); Shaik Tahir Azzawi Charity Organization (Libya); SHARP – Pakistan Society for Human Rights and Prisoners’ Aid (Pakistan); Shoola-Kol (Public Association) (Kyrgyz Republic); Smile Again Africa Development Organization – SAADO (South Sudan); Society Voice Foundation (Occupied Palestinian Territory); South Sudan Grassroots Initiative for Development (SSGID) (South Sudan); START Network (Global); STEWARDWOMEN (South Sudan); Strengthening Participatory Organisation (Pakistan)

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (Australia); The Indonesian Society for Disaster Management (Indonesia); Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO) Uganda (Uganda);

Ukraine NGO Forum (Ukraine); UNASO (Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organization) (Uganda);

Wajir South Development Association (WASDA) (Kenya); Women Aid Vision (WAV) (South Sudan); Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) (Occupied Palestinian Territory)

Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) (Occupied Palestinian Territory); Youth Leadership Forum and Giving Back Movement (Indonesia)

Zambia Relief and Development Foundation (Zambia); Zanjireh Omid International Charity Institute (Iran); Zion Emergency and Disaster Rescue Unit (ZEDRU) (Philippines)

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