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Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Localisation of Aid
BACKGROUND NOTE:
Localisation of aid can be understood as strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian ecosystem by increasing international investments in, and respect for, the role of national and local actors (both governmental and non-governmental). Localisation has gained currency and urgency in recent years, especially since the May 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, which saw the launch of the Grand Bargain.

Major donor and international agencies have signed onto this agreement that has called for a series of changes in the working practices of donors and aid organisations, including non-earmarking of grants, multi-year funding, harmonisation of reporting requirements, and improvements in transparency, management costs, and joint needs assessments.

In the past three years, significant efforts have been undertaken at international, regional and local levels by the Grand Bargain signatories to achieve the goal of the Workstream 2: More support and funding tools for local and national responders to realize these commitments. Particular attention has been paid to the themes of capacity strengthening, financing, partnership, and coordination, as well as gender issues. It is important to bring these efforts together to effect even more significant changes at system, strategic and operational levels.

Towards this goal, the Localisation Workstream has initiated a series of regional conferences on the localisation of aid, which will be conducted in Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. They will bring together local and national humanitarian actors, donors and international aid agencies in the region in a dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of localisation, as well as developments in global processes and progress, including the joint initiatives of the Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream. The conferences aim to contribute to on-going initiatives and plans for individual and collective actions on localisation in the region. This helps to ensure that perspectives from the region help guide planned global guidance products.

The conferences are being organised by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Government of Switzerland as the co-conveners of the Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream. 

EVENT PROGRAMME:

The Regional Conferences will have the following programme structure:

Global Overview Presentations
- Recent developments and discussions at a global level
- Lessons learned from inter-agency country missions
Research findings on capacity strengthening, financing, partnership and coordination

Regional and Country Presentations
- Country localisation case studies
- Regional initiatives

Priorities 2019-2020
- Review of guidance notes on capacity strengthening, financing, partnership and coordination
- Examining priority issues, opportunities, and challenges
- Develop key objectives and priority initiatives for 2019-2020

PARTICIPANTS:

We expect a mix of participants that will include the following group of stakeholders based and or operating in each region:
- Representatives of National and Local Government, such as National Disaster Management Agencies (NDMAs)
- National and Local NGOs, National Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies, and private sector
- Regional representatives of INGOs, UN  agencies, donor agencies

About The Organization

International Federation of Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies and Government of Switzerland
Others

CDO Details

Regional National Conference
2 days
Aug 27th 2019
Jul 31st 2019
Out of Laos
Jakarta, Indonesia
Representatives from Governments, NGOs, private sector, the UN and donor agencies
English
None
None

Topic(s) of CDO: Organizational Development

Opportunities and challenges of localisation alongside developments in global processes

Topic(s) of CDO: Programmatic Content

Additional Information

Registration is now open for the Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Localisation of Aid, which will take place in Jakarta on 27-28 August 2019. This event will bring together local and national humanitarian actors, donors, and international NGOs and aid agencies in the region in a dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of localisation alongside developments in global processes and progress including the joint initiatives of the Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream.

 

Please use the below form to register if you are interest to attend the event. Please note that the conference will only be able to accommodate a limited number of participants. Deadline for registration is 31 July 2019.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCZFBwUHyIPHOsvm9t_KcDe0BqqHXZQ22up-ZKn35YlsDCCA/viewform


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