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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment: Side event

Making it real: Examples of localisation in humanitarian preparedness and response

This side event will build international momentum and support for localisation initiatives, including the centrality of and interconnections between investing in preparedness and localisation, by providing examples that work and showcasing good practice.

Humanitarian agencies, particularly those from disaster-affected countries, are calling out for greater action on the Grand Bargain commitment to localisation, and there is a need in the sector to identify what the practical enablers of localisation are on the road to 2020.

As such, the main objective of this side event is to build international momentum and support for localisation initiatives, including the centrality of and interconnections between investing in preparedness and localisation, by providing examples that work and showcasing good practice. The tone of the event will be positive and constructive – promoting change within the sector from the perspective of ‘leading the change, by doing the work’.

This side event is aligned to ECOSOC HAS 2018 theme: “Restoring humanity, respecting human dignity and leaving no one behind: working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability” by:

  • Presenting ways in which donor governments are shaping their global policies and shifting their practices to support local actors, as demonstrated by the Government of Australia
  • Highlighting efforts in Iraq and the Philippines, where local and national NGOs have been supported to lead on humanitarian preparedness and response, and build networks for coordination and collaboration in order to work more effectively and efficiently within their communities
  • Discussing how the Government of Bangladesh has stepped up its efforts to strengthen state and non-state humanitarian work.
  • Sharing positive examples of putting localisation into practice, which have emerged from the DFID-funded Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme and from members within the Charter for Change network.

Panellists, alongside the accompanying photo and poster exhibit, will highlight successes that illustrate the localisation agenda’s synergy with other Grand Bargain priorities, including reducing duplication of compliance and assessments of local partners, and participation and leadership of survivors in humanitarian response work. 

Chair and moderator:

  • Michael Mosselmans, Head of Humanitarian Policy and Practice, Christian Aid UK/ACT Alliance

Panel:

  • Md Reaz Ahmed, Director General, Department of Disaster Management, Government of Bangladesh
  • Steve Scott, Head of DFAT’s Humanitarian and Refugee Policy Branch
  • Nanette S. Antequisa, Executive Director, Ecosystems Works for Essential Benefits (EcoWEB), Philippines 
  • Hero Anwar, Executive Director, Rehabilitation, Education, and Community Health (REACH), Iraq

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