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Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Localisation

Impressions from the Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Localisation


See what some of our participants had to say about the Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Jakarta on 27 – 28 August 2019.

“We believe that localisation can help bringing assistance closer and faster to the people on the ground, especially during emergencies. For localisation to work during emergencies, however, we need to establish a mechanism that is nationally-led, regionally enhanced, and internationally supported as necessary”

Adelina Kamal

Executive Director, AHA Centre

“A localised approach to principled humanitarian action has many benefits. It improves local ownership and awareness of aid, promotes its relevance, and allows for a more inclusive response.”

Michael Cottier

Chargé d'Affaires, Swiss Embassy, Indonesia

“The goals of the international humanitarian aid sector are still the right ones, we need to bring effective assistance to the people who need it as quickly as possible, in an impartial way. But we cannot achieve these goals if we keep investing only in international mechanisms. It is time to be transformative – to take on the real and perceived risks of a more locally-led approach.”

Dr Jemilah Mahmood

Under Secretary General for Partnerships, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Conference Documents

Day 1

Regional Initiatives & Experiences - Part 1

Breakout Session 1: Women Leadership & DRR

Global Presentation

Technical Guidance Note on Gender and the Localisation Agenda

UN Women’s Approach to Financing Women’s Leadership in Humanitarian Action, Crisis Response and DRR

Presentation: Gender-responsive Localisation in the Philippines

Pacific Case Study: Shifting the Power Coalition

Presentation: The Work of Vanuatu’s Gender & Protection Cluster

Video on the Shifting the Power Coalition 2019


Breakout Session 2: Advocacy & Networking

Han Zar Maung, Better Life: Networking and Advocacy Learnings in Myanmar

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, COAST: Going Against the Tide: Holding Accountablity from the Demand Side; Background Documents:Sustainable partnership with local organizations : Principles and practice; Who is building who’s capacity ? Poaching skilled staff from local organization; Experience – based learning on ultimate road to localization : Campaigners at risk  while bottle-necked in top level.Charter of Accountability for the local NGOs in Bangladesh who have been prepared out of two year process of country wide campaign and participatory discussion.Charter of Expectation for government, donors, UN agencies and INGOs who have also been prepared out of two year process and participatory discussion.

Breakout Session 3: Financing & Fundraising

Sajid Raihan, START Fund: Localisation in Action

Kevin Lee, SAFER: Shared Aid Fund for Emergency Response Presentation; Background: SAFER Philippines

Fiona Tarpey, Australia Red Cross: Shifting the Funding Model – Experience from HQ based International Agency

Regional Initiatives & Experiences - Part 2

Breakout Session 4: Localisation in the Pacific


Breakout Session 5: Local Disaster Preparedness & Response Capacity

Peter Ophoff, IFRC: Red Ready Project – Introduction to the Project

Asma Saleem, Islamic Relief Worldwide: STRIDE – Localising Emergency Preparedness  and Response through Partnerships


Breakout Session 6: Strengthening Governmental Leadership Capacities

Pauline Caspellan, IFRC: What Enables Localisation? Key Considerations for Enabling Legal & Policy Frameworks

Dipo Summa, AHA Centre: The Role of the AHA Centre in Promoting Localisation

Day 2

Roundtable Discussion: Learning about Localisation from the Sulawesi Experience
Setting Key Objectives & Priority Initiatives 2019 - 2020

Background Reading

Main Conference Documents
Further Recommended Reading

Conference Opening


See the Conference Opening Video from the Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Jakarta, 27 – 28 August 2019.

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