Mobilisation of Local Resources for Humanitarian Aid
Mobilisation of Local Resources for Humanitarian Aid

Mobilisation of Local Resources for Humanitarian Aid

HAI is thankful to Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and Forum for Indian Development Cooperation (FIDC) for organising a seminar on 10 May 2018 on the topic of Localisation of Local Resources for Humanitarian Aid. This seminar provided an opportunity to present the highlights of the #HAI paper entitled, ‘International Humanitarian Aid and the Localisation Debate: Why is it important to have “Local Funds” for “Local Organisations”.

#HAI is championing the agenda of localisation since the World Humanitarian Summit. #HAI is trying to address the barrier restricting local organisations to access humanitarian funding. #HAI is also advocating with the Grand Bargain signatories for better delivery on their commitment to pass on at least 25% of global humanitarian funding to local and national actors. In this context, #HAI firmly believes that local fundraising by affiliates of INGOs defeats the very spirit of #localisation. National resources should be accessible to local and national actors.

The HAI presentation generated a good discussion. It is expected that a process will initiate now for a few legislative and policy reforms in India, which will eventually provide a favourable environment to local and national humanitarian actors. The presentation was made by the #HAI CEO Sudhanshu S. Singh. Afterwards #HAI president NM Prusty emphasised that Indian CSOs should now look for bigger global role to replicate Indian model of disaster response and management.

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