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 25% 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 300 National and Local Organisations from 45 countries across the world, calling on their international partners to work signing the 8 commitments.
35 International NGOs have signed the Charter and committed their organisations to change the way they work by implementing the 8 commitments above.
November 2019 Dear CHS Alliance Secretariat, the outgoing and incoming Governing Board, In advance of the CHS Alliance General Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand this month, we thank… Read more “Open Letter to CHS Alliance Secretariat and incoming Governing Board”
UNICEF hosts a big consultation on its partnership approach on 11-12th November 2019. CAFOD tried to sponsor a partner from Nigeria to attend, but unfortunately the visa… Read more “Towards a global partnership and localisation framework – Thoughts on the UNICEF partnership consultation”
For World Humanitarian Day this year, I wrote a blog about what I have learned throughout the ten years I have been involved in the humanitarian aid… Read more “What the localisation of humanitarian aid really means, and how Charter4Change is ensuring that INGOs walk their talk”
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: