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Local and national civil society organisations are among the first responders to disasters and outbreaks of violence. The recent Global Humanitarian Assistance report stated however that a mere 0.4% of humanitarian aid is channeled directly to national NGOs and Civil Society organisations.
The Charter for Change is an initiative that aims to transform the way the humanitarian system operates to enable local and national actors to play an increased and more prominent role in humanitarian response.
International NGOs are encouraged to play an active part in this transformation towards a more locally-driven humanitarian system by changing the way that they work. The 8-point Charter for Change outlines a number of commitments intended to strengthen the capacity of local actors, increase transparency within the sector and emphasise the importance of national actors in humanitarian response. Alongside advocacy to governments which are humanitarian donors, those signed up to the charter have committed that by 2020, they will pass on at least 25% of their own humanitarian funding directly to local and national NGOs.
During the recent Grand Bargain and ECOSOC events in Geneva, Charter4Change analyses the changes that it feels are most critical now to achieve faster and deeper progress on the localisation agenda. We call upon the international community to:
#1: Strengthen principled partnership through multi-year funding, covering overhead costs, and investing in capacity-strengthening
#2: Mitigate the impact of proliferating compliance requirements on localisation efforts
#3: Accelerate progress on direct humanitarian funding to national and local actors at global and country levels
#4: Catalyse a step-change in meaningful participation by local actors across the Grand Bargain and wider decision-making processes at global and field levels