July 16th 2020
To an unprecedented extent, the COVID-19 crisis has forced a recognition of the central role played by national and local organisations in humanitarian action. Local women-led organisations (WLO) and women’s rights organisations (WRO) play critically important roles, but their efforts often lack both political and financial support.
On 16th July, the UN launches an updated Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) for Covid19. Towards this, Charter4Change signatories CAFOD, DanChurchAid and Oxfam partnered with ActionAid and with local WLO and WRO partners, including Charter4Change national NGO endorsers like Titi Foundation South Sudan and AWYAD Uganda, to gather a snap-shot of the Covid19 response to date in terms of access to funding, partnerships and decision-making for WLO/WROs. Consultations with local women’s groups included partners in Lebanon, Jordan, Bangladesh, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Nigeria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and South Sudan.
The joint policy brief summarises our findings and recommendations on direct funding to these groups, indirect funding via international intermediary organisations (including UN agencies and INGOs), their participation in humanitarian coordination processes and post-Covid19 recovery.
Blog by Coalition of INGOs and national women-led NGOs