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Video: A new way to think about localisation
The Start Network has launched a new video outlining a new way to think about localisation, the video aims to show a practical structure that could improve the position of local organisations within international aid.
Localisation: lenses and lessons from feminist theory
Start Network’s David Jones discusses the fundamental needs for localisation within the sector.
Start Network launches new framework for localisation
The Start Network has published a new framework for localisation which aims to provide a practical structure to improve the position of local organisations within international aid. The framework is part of an independent review into localisation of the Start Fund and other Start Network initiatives. Responding to the review, the Start Network has committed to “drive a holistic and transformative approach to localisation”.
Localisation in theory and practice
There are many interpretations of how to deliver localisation. For the Start Network the end goal is humanitarian response that is community-led. We have identified pathways that will deliver a shift towards a situation where decisions and responses are made closer to the community.
A Journey towards the Localisation of Aid
Helen Asnake shares her thoughts on aid localisation and the discussions that emerged during a recent research project launch in Ethiopia
Five reasons why the “localisation” agenda has failed in the past – and four reasons why things may now be changing
The current clamour for more international humanitarian aid to be channelled through local organisations is nothing new, says Steve Williams, head of programmes for the Start Network.
How the Charter4Change is strengthening national and local humanitarian organisations
Anne Street, Head of Humanitarian Policy at CAFOD tells us about the Charter4Change.
Calling for a ‘Grand Bargain With the Future’
A common NGO position for the Grand Bargain at the World Humanitarian Summit would describe a 21st Century humanitarian system which would enable every humanitarian to make a contribution.