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Latest Events

Centre for Humanitarian Action Conference 2023: Tackling power imbalances in humanitarian action - with Technology and locally led Management.

Streamed Live on 23 May 2023

  • Panel 1: Tackling power imbalances – the role of digital accountability and participatory leadership in humanitarian action with Luise Amtsberg (Commissioner for Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance, GFFO), Stuart Campo (Team Lead Data Responsibility, OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data) and Juliet Eyokia (Secretary Charter4Change, Project Manager Community Empowerment for Rural Development CEFORD)

  • Panel 2: Digital technologies and accountability in humanitarian action: A (not so) perfect match?! with Kassem Chaalan (Director of Disaster Risk Reduction, Lebanese Red Cross), Valentina Shafina (Technical Specialist, Client Responsiveness and Client Centred Programming, International Rescue Committee) and Barnaby Willitts-King (Research and Policy Director, GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation)

  • Snapshot: Digital inclusion of local humanitarian actors with Patrick Vinck - Research Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Report Launch: Localising humanitarian Action in Africa

Streamed Live on 15 Jun 2022

The vitality for local and national Actors to be at the forefront of humanitarian Response and Recovery efforts is evident worldwide. It is perhaps most salient in Africa, where the United States allocated $8.5 billion in official development assistance (ODA) to 47 countries and 8 regional programs in 2020. Despite billions in ODA to Africa, local and national actors receive little of this funding. African voices are often excluded from decision-making circles in donor capitals and localization efforts themselves due to bureaucratic regulations, longstanding institutional barriers, and political agendas. Although Washington has repeatedly signaled a commitment to localization, truly localized humanitarian action has yet to manifest itself at scale. Supporting local African actors for the delivery of an effective humanitarian response is crucial, given their experiences as first responders to crises in their communities and understanding of the realities on the ground.

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