Financial Enablers

The Financial Enablers project aims to create financial autonomy and opportunities for national non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and civil society organisations (CSOs) to enable them to develop their own solutions for humanitarian capacity development.

About the project

National actors are often best-placed to deliver humanitarian aid in ways that are appropriate, relevant and linked to longer-term development, however due to constraints on capacity, do not succeed in maximising their contribution to the global humanitarian effort. To be effective and sustainable, capacity development for humanitarian response needs to be as appropriate as possible to the local place and context, this means national actors setting their own agenda.

This project aims to put in place a sustainable approach to ‘shifting power’ towards national actors in the Philippines. Humanitarian capacity development, autonomy and decision-making will be transferred to organisations close to people affected by crises; this will facilitate more effective and appropriate aid.

Ultimately this project aims to help national-level organisations and their partners become strong, confident and representative enough to develop their own longer term operating procedures and to work together to generate new resources, and set their own agenda for collaboration with the international community.

How the project will work

Over three years, the project will encourage the formation and growth of collaborative national partnerships and provide flexible grants for those partnerships to decide what capacity development to invest in, based on their knowledge of what’s needed on the ground. These partnerships will be made up of national NGOs (non-governmental organisations), CSOs (civil society organisations) and less traditional humanitarian actors such as research institutes, policy groups and private sector enterprises.

Partnerships will be invited to apply for funding to assist with humanitarian capacity development, as identified and described by the partnerships themselves. Exchange of experience and learning will be a key requirement of the partnerships.

The release of funds will be approved by the consortium of Start Network member agencies in-country and managed by the consortium lead.

The project will involve:
- a transparent process of selection
- a due diligence exercise for identifying prospective consortia and activities eligible for funding
- stimulation of national-level applications, based on context-specific needs analysis
- evaluation of proposals and funding recommendations
- resourcing a strong knowledge management function
- developing evidence for consortia-managed capacity development.

Where is the project taking place?

Who is involved?

The project is delivered by a consortium led by Oxfam Great Britain, and including Christian Aid and Tearfund.


The project is funded with £1,655,920 through UK Aid's Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP).


To read more about the learning gained from the delivery of this project and other DEPP projects, please visit

Key contacts

For project management in the Philippines
Jane Bañez Ockelford

For the consortium in the Philippines:
Justin Morgan, Oxfam
Maria Rosario Felizco
Sanjeev Bhanja