Somalilandsun: On World Humanitarian Day, Safeworld highlights the
growing global commitment among donors and international non-governmental organisations to transfer a greater share of resources and power over aid in crises to those most affected by them.
Commissioned by Save the Children Sweden, our ‘Turning the tables’ report takes a fresh and critical look at this process, why it is important, and the progress in translating commitments into practice. Although the research was conducted before COVID-19, we believe responses to the pandemic are by necessity localised. This makes questions about the power dynamics and practicalities of locally-led aid delivery particularly relevant.
Using examples from national organisations leading response to crises in Myanmar, Syria and Uganda, this report finds that locally-led responses to crisis are not only necessary, but they can also be more sensitive to conflict dynamics and more attuned to opportunities for building peace. We also present emerging conclusions and recommendations for international and national organisations to work in partnership to respond to crises.
Read a summary of the report.