Localising decisions for more targeted, relevant response
Location: Afghanistan, Niger, Burkina Faso and Dominican Republic
Programme: Start Fund
Background: The Start Fund aims for decisions to be taken closer to the front line of a crisis by people with the greatest local knowledge.
Between January and December 2016 it set up national decision-making groups in 12 countries, the better to identify and respond to the needs of affected communities. Elsewhere, ad-hoc groups of national or regional decision-makers have selected and guided projects in every response. The aim is to reduce duplication, support more targeted and relevant responses and improve coordination.
Impact: In each of the following projects, the Start Fund clearly demonstrated how relocating decision-making closer to the context, where members better understand needs, has had a positive impact on the cost, efficiency and relevance of the response.
- In Afghanistan, a project proposal by Save the Children that focused on displacement was critiqued through local peer review. The project was not selected because the reviewers believed it would be difficult to carry out within Start Fund’s standard 45-day project period and because the relevant sectors were already well supported by existing programmes.
- A local peer group offered feedback to WorldVision on the cost and reach of a flooding project in the Dominican Republic. The critique highlighted that the movement of materials would be expensive and that plans should be revised to support coordination between WorldVision and Oxfam and a local partner (ADRA).
- In Niger, for a response to Rift Valley fever, the peer review group suggested that ALIMA (a Start Network member) focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to protect water points (a breeding ground for mosquitoes), and that they contact butchers and cattle markets to raise awareness.
- In Burkina Faso, Doctors of the World and Handicap International were asked to limit the scope of their dengue response to just Ouagadougou rather than expanding the geographical reach