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Innovative and Empowering Partnerships

KUNO, the Platform for Humanitarian Knowledge Exchange in The Netherlands, and A4EP, the Alliance for Empowering Partnership, organize during the Impact-Fest an NGO-donor dialogue on systemic innovations of the humanitarian sector for better responses.

The current COVID crisis shows (again) the relevance of local organizations in humanitarian responses. And that an open exploration of true local leadership in humanitarian responses is both relevant and urgent.

After a disaster, local humanitarian actors are always first responders and they are well informed of the context, the needs and appropriate response. However, often local actors are (or at least feel) overruled and sidelined by international actors whenever a disaster response is scaled up.
In 2016 'The Grand Bargain' promised to strengthen the role and position of local actors in humanitarian response. In 2020, when discussions over a new Grand Bargain have been started, local NGOs still feel their position in humanitarian responses has not changed substantially. Representatives of local NGOs are expressly invited to participate in this exchange of good practices, bottlenecks and innovations needed.

The Webinar will help to explore:
• What innovations of 'the humanitarian system' are needed to strengthen local leadership?
• How could a new Grand Bargain enhance these systemic innovations?
• What changes do donors need to make in the funding mechanisms to encourage equitable partnerships and address the power imbalance?
• What do local actors need to do to build trust and address risks?

When: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
What time: 02:00 PM (CET)
Where: Networktables – To register click here
Language: English
How long: 90 minutes
Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners working with NGOs, INGOs, UN agencies & academic institutes
Format: Presentation & Discussion
Panelists will make a five-minute presentation that will be followed by questions and answers, providing a space for participants to ask questions.


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