Our voice at Istanbul - Outcomes from the conference for civil society

In Nairobi in February 2016, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy co-hosted a global conference, with Kenya Red Cross Society and Start Network, for civil society.

The conference was attended by almost 80 representatives from governments, donors, international NGOs, national relief agencies, community based organisations and regional bodies.

For two days we debated the meaning of localisation and what is required to achieve positive change in practice.

The outcomes included: proposed commitments; practical actions that are rooted in experience at the local level; and, a number of case studies from preparedness initiatives and responses over the past decade, demonstrating what worked and what didn’t work from the perspective of communities.

From the conference, 12 recommendations were collated and 72 practical actions were conceived. Proposed commitments have been drawn up from these recommendations and actions to provide possible commitments civil society can support and implement as part of the World Humanitarian Summit process and beyond.