Localisation Workstream Resources
Find important resources produced and distributed by the Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream below
Localisation Workstream Country-Level Dialogue Resource Kit
This resource kit has been developed for the Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream and is a compilation of Workstream guidance products as well as reference materials on localisation produced by Workstream member agencies and independent consultants and research groups. It is intended to be used primarily as background and guidance materials by local actors and Grand Bargain signatories in the GB Localisation Workstream-facilitated country level dialogues. (Arabic version, French version, Spanish version)
Section 1 Introduction to the Resource Kit
Section 3 What is Localisation?
Section 4 Glossary of Localisation Terms
Section 5 Localisation Guidance Notes
Section 7 Other Learning Resources
Country Level Dialogue Updates and Reports
Workstream Core Documents and Reports
Localisation Workstream Core Documents
Localisation Workstream Successes and Bottlenecks (June 2019)
Localisation Workstream Workplan 2017- 2019 (Update 2019)
Localisation Workstream Reports
Localisation Workstream Workshop Reports
Localisation Workstream Meeting Minutes
Other Resources on Localisation
In this section you will find links to previous and ongoing projects, as well as reports and research about localisation. You can also share your own related material with us by following this link or leave a comment at the bottom of this page. The reports gathered in this section are for convenience and do not necessarily represent the views of the members of the Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream.
Localisation Initiatives and Projects
- Grand Bargain for NGOs – Fostering NGO’s and frontline responders’ engagement
- Alliance 4 Empowering Partnerships – Alliance representing civil society organizations for South-South and triangular cooperation. Read their founding statement here
- Charter for Change -The Charter for Change is an initiative that aims to transform the way the humanitarian system operates to enable southern-based national actors to play an increased and more prominent role in humanitarian response
- OXFAM’s Empowering Local and National Humanitarian Actors (ELNHA), a three-year project which focuses on strengthening the role of LNHAs in disaster-affected Uganda and Bangladesh
- National Society Investment Alliance – a joint initiative by IFRC and ICRC to increase investment in National Societies
- Strategic Humanitarian Assessment and Participatory Empowerment (SHAPE) Framework – a tool developed by the START Network to support local and national organizations to assess their capacity to control and influence the humanitarian response
- Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative’s Subsidy Fund
- National Alliance of Humanitarian Actors in Bangladesh (NAHAB)
- National Humanitarian Network Pakistan
- Shared Aid Fund For Emergency Response (SAFER)
- The United Nations’ Partner Portal
- Start Network’s Bringing localisation to action in Ethiopia
- Start Fund Bangladesh
- Shifting the Power
- Start Network’s Start Evolves – The Value of Hubs in Jordan and Kenya
- Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships (National NGO Fora and ActionAid, CAFOD, CARE, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Tearfund)
- Global Protection Cluster (GPC) Localisation Initiative – Supporting local partners to take their rightful place at the centre of the humanitarian system
- Near Network – A movement of Civil Society Organisations from the global south, promoting fair, equitable and dignified partnerships
Reports and Research on Localisation
Translators Without Borders/Global Education Cluster, Accessible Humanitarian Coordination Guidance
Translators Without Borders, The Accessibility and Use of Child Protection and Education in Emergencies Guidance
Australia Red Cross, A case study on the TC Harold Response during Covid 19
Feinstein International Center, “We must be the pioneers”: Perspectives on localisation in the response to the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake in Indonesia
Humanitarian Advisory Group – Measuring Localisation – Framework and Tools (January 2020)
Feinstein International Center, Views from the ground: Perspectives on localisation in the Horn of Africa (2019)
Christian Aid –Pathways to Localisation (Oct 2019)
IFRC – Localised Humanitarian Response in the Pacific (Sept 2019)
Humanitarian Advisory Group – Localisation in Tonga: Demonstrating Change (Jun 2019)
Humanitarian Advisory Group – Localisation in Vanuatu: Demonstrating Change (Jan 2019)
Local2Global – Funding to local actors still far from the Grand Bargain commitments – Infographs and new research
Australian Red Cross – Lessons Learned From a Locally Led Emergency Response (May 2019)
Global Protection Cluster – Advancing the Localisation Agenda in Protection Coordination Groups – Learning Paper (Apr 2019)
ODI – Localising Emergency Preparedness and Response through Partnerships (Apr 2019)
ODI – Local Humanitarian Action in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Mar 2019)
Interaction: NGOs & Risk: Managing Uncertainty in International-Local Partnerships (Mar 2019)
Humanitarian Advisory Group – Charting the New Norm? Local Leadership in the First 100 Days of the Sulawesi Earthquake Response (Mar 2019)
Australian Red Cross – Protecting People in Locally Led Disaster Response (Mar 2019)
Christian Aid – Accelerating Localisation through Partnership – Global Research Summary (Feb 2019)
Overseas Development Institute – The 2017 Pre-famine Response in Somalia. Progress on Reform? (Jan 2019)
South Sudan NGO Forum – Cost Efficiency Discussion Paper
Overseas Development Institute – Capacity and Complementarity in the Rohingya Response in Bangladesh (Dec 2018)
British Red Cross – The Case for Complementarity (Nov 2018)
Catholic Relief Services – The Missing Link: The Role of Local Institutions in Refugee Response (Oct 2018)
ICVA – Localization Examined: An ICVA Briefing Paper (Sep 2018)
Humanitarian Advisory Group – Tracking Progress on Localisation: A Pacific Perspective (Jul 2018)
Overseas Development Institute – As local as possible, as international as necessary: Understanding capacity and complementarity in humanitarian action
Local to Global Protection – Learning from community-led resilience responses in the occupied Palestinian territories
Humanitarian Outcomes – Turning Rhetoric into Resources: Transforming the Financing of Civil Society in the Global South
Global Protection Cluster – Global Protection Cluster annual meeting _Localisation
Humanitarian Advisory Group – Tracking Progress on Localisation: A Pacific Perspective
Regional Inter Agency Partnership – RIAP Charter on Humanitarian Localisation
Charter for Change – Update from InterAction/Catholic Relief Services discussion on localisation
Peer 2 Peer Support – Supporting Principled National and Local NGOs in Humanitarian Response
DEPP Learning Project – Localisation in Practice: Emerging Indicators and Practical Recommendations
Development Initiatives – Global humanitarian assistance report 2018.
Charter for Change – From commitments to action: Progress Report 2016-2017.
Development Initiatives – Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2017.
Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute [ODI] – From Grand Bargain to beneficiary: An analysis of funding flows through the humanitarian system.
Humanitarian Aid International – Towards a Localised Humanitarian Response in India.
Network for Empowered Aid Response [NEAR] – Localization of Aid – Towards Realising Commitments to Local/National NGO (LNNGO) Capacity strengthening.
Rift Valley Institute – Improving aid delivery through localization in Somalia.
Shifting the Power – Localisation of Aid: Are INGOs Walking The Talk?
Care International – Localisation in Practice: A Pacific Case Study.
Local to Global Protection [LG2P] – Funding to national and local humanitarian actors in Syria: Between sub-contracting and partnerships.
Medecins Sans Frontiers – Emergency gap: The challenges of localised humanitarian aid.
Global Finance Strategies – Going Local: The Promise and Challenge of Aid Localisation.
International Council of Voluntary Agencies [ICVA] – A Comparison Review of UN Project Partnership Agreements for NGO Implementation of Humanitarian Projects.
Charter for Change – Localisation of Humanitarian Aid.
Overseas Development Institute – Localising aid: a whole of society approach.
Overseas Development Institute – Localising aid: is it worth the risk?
Overseas Development Institute – Localising aid: sustaining change in the public, private and civil society sectors.
Overseas Development Institute – Localising aid: can using local actors strengthen them?
Development Initiatives – Good Humanitarian Donorship: Indirect Support Cost Study: Final Report.
Localisation in the News
DevPolicyBlog (6/9/19) – Asia and the Pacific: Nudging the System on Humanitarian Reform.
Devex (31/5/2019) – Putting localization at the center of the humanitarian future.
Devex (29/3/2019) – New framework to get the localization balance right.
The New Humanitarian (16/4/2019) – Faces on the front line of local aid. A video series on local emergency response from the ground up.
The New Humanitarian (9/4/2019) – Roundtable: Going local. “If you’re not ready to change, we haven’t come very far.”
The New Humanitarian (21/3/19) – From the ground up: Inside the push to reshape aid. Stories that explore locally driven humanitarian action on the front lines of the world’s crises.
The New Humanitarian (18/9/18) – Local aid groups want more of a say in the Rohingya refugee response. In Bangladesh, grassroots groups feel overshadowed despite being the backbone of the massive aid effort.
Global Policy (21/8/18) – What would a Feminist Approach to Localisation of Humanitarian Action look like? GP Opinion.
The New Humanitarian (8/8/2018) – From evacuee to humanitarian: aid goes local in conflict-torn Marawi. How a shattered Philippine city has become a test case for localisation.
Devex (25/4/2018) – Battleships instead of canoes: Why localization matters in the Pacific.
Refugee Host – Localisation Series.
Thomson Reuters Foundation News (27/12/2017) – Expert Views – With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups’ priorities for 2018? The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked 10 aid agencies to name their top priorities for 2018.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (9/11/2017) – Rising to the challenges in the humanitarian sector. By Elhadj As Sy (IFRC) and Yves Daccord (ICRC).
Devex (26/7/2017) – Red Cross tips for localizing humanitarian response.
Devex (24/7/2017) – Localization moves from advocacy to implementation in Indo-Pacific.
The New Humanitarian (22/3/2017) – Hunting for the Grand Bargain. Fixing emergency aid, one committee at a time.