Intention to impact: measuring localisation

This paper explores three key questions: 

  1. Why is it important to measure localisation and what measurement approaches currently exist?
  2. What are the gaps and challenges in approaches to measurement?
  3. Can we measure the process and impact of localisation?

Localisation will only continue to have momentum if we can show it is improving the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian aid. The ability to demonstrate if, and how, localisation has translated into tangible change to the humanitarian system is vital.

The commitments arising from the World Humanitarian Summit were extensive and ambitious. In particular, the commitment to localise humanitarian action gained significant traction. In the Asia and Pacific regions, localisation has been explored in projects such as the START Network’s ‘Shifting the Power’ project; researched by operational actors such as the Australian Red Cross in their paper ‘Going Local’; and adopted in initiatives such as the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) ‘Disaster READY’.

This paper is part of the Humanitarian Advisory Group's Intention to impact: localisation of humanitarian action in the Pacific research project. 
Report authors: Josie Flint and Alex Lia
Date of report launch: February 2018
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Clare Price