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Localisation Workstream Resources

Find important resources produced and distributed by the Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream below

Localisation Workstream Country-Level Dialogue Resource Kit

Localisation workstream country level dialog 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)

Full Document

Full Document Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream Country Level Dialogue Resource Kit – (Arabic version, French version, Spanish version)

Section 1  Introduction to the Resource Kit

Section 2  The Grand Bargain and Localisation Commitments

Section 3  What is Localisation?

Section 4  Glossary of Localisation Terms

Section 5  Localisation Guidance Notes

Section 6  IASC Interim Guidance on Localisation and COVID-19 Response

Section 7 Other Learning Resources

Workstream Core Documents and Reports

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
Reports and Research on Localisation


Inclusion and exclusion in humanitarian action: findings from a three-year study | ODI: Think change

Enabling the local response: Emerging humanitarian priorities in Ukraine | ALNAP

Localization in Practice: Realities from Women’s Rights and Women-Led Organizations in Poland | ALNAP

Study: Localization of Humanitarian Action in the Red Cross Red Crescent | IFRC

The State of Local Humanitarian Leadership: A learning report on a series of LHL online convenings held in Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa, the Pacific, and West Africa | ALNAP

Demonstrating change on locally led humanitarian action in the Pacific: Ki Namuka vata ga nikua – Humanitarian Advisory Group

Localisation in Myanmar Supporting and reinforcing Myanmar actors | ALNAP

Is aid really changing? (British Red Cross)




ODI/HPN, Localisation, racism and decolonisation: Hollow talk or real look in the mirror?

Humanitarian Policy Group, Local Humanitarian Action During COVID-19

Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI, Humanitarian Advisory Group, Interrogating the Evidence Base on Humanitarian Localisation

British Red Cross Cash Hub, Strengthening Locally Led Humanitarian Action Through Cash Preparedness

Humanitarian Advisory Group, Bridging the Intention to Action Gap: The Future Role of Intermediaries in Supporting Locally Led Humanitarian Action (Full Report) – (Executive Summary)

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



GB WS2 Pooled Fund subgroup, Desk review on Enhancing the Potential of Pooled Funds for Localisation

Local2Global Protection, Localisation in Numbers 

Australia Red Cross, A case study on the TC Harold Response during Covid 19

Save the Children, Turning the tables, insights from locally-led humanitarian partnerships in conflict-affected situations

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)


IFRCCountry-level Financing Solutions for Local Actors (& case studies on Colombia, Ethiopia & Ukraine) (Dec 2019)

Feinstein International Center, Views from the ground: Perspectives on localisation in the Horn of Africa (2019)

ODI- Beyond local and international: humanitarian action at the margins (Dec 2019)

ODI  Rethinking capacity and complementarity for more local humanitarian action (Oct 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)

Local2GlobalFunding to local actors still far from the Grand Bargain commitments – Infographs and new research

ActionAid – The Localization of Aid to Jordan and Lebanon. Barriers and Opportunities for Women-led Organizations (May 2019)

Australian Red Cross – Lessons Learned From a Locally Led Emergency Response (May 2019)

ActionAid – Making the Local Global – Supporting Local Women Leaders’ Participation in Global Humanitarian Spaces – Guidance Note and Checklist (May 2019)

Global Protection Cluster – Advancing the Localisation Agenda in Protection Coordination Groups – Learning Paper (Apr 2019)

Localising Humanitarian Responses: Unpacking Perceptions on Localisation Event – Summary Report (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: Country Summaries: Myanmar, Nigeria, Nepal, South Sudan

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.

IFRC/Wolfgroup –  Provision and conditions of core/overhead/indirect costs for local/national humanitarian actors


Actionaid – Promoting localised, women-led approaches to humanitarian responses.

Australian Red Cross – Going Local: Achieving a more appropriate and fit-for-purpose humanitarian ecosystem in the Pacific.

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. 

Norwegian Refugee Council [NRC] – Understanding Humanitarian Funds: Going beyond Country-Based Pooled Funds.

Rift Valley Institute – Improving aid delivery through localization in Somalia.

Shifting the Power – Localisation of Aid: Are INGOs Walking The Talk?


ActionAid, CAFOD, CARE, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Tearfund – Opportunity Knocks: Realising the potential of partnerships in the Nepal earthquake response – November 2016.

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 (8/11/2017) – Exclusive: Red Cross provides a localization action plan for the Pacific and lessons for global understanding.

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.