For CERAR, localization is not just wishful thinking
but an operational and ethical choice made on a daily basis
through concrete actions based on ‘the small change theory’.
To achieve localization ambitions in humanitarian action
and achieve co-leadership between local and international organizations, a few simple principles can help:
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Their specific humanitarian know-how is based on their network in proximity with communities, as well as their cultural sensitivity and field practice. As “sons of the country”, local organizations have the opportunity to develop long-term trust relations with local stakeholders.
This know-how is an integral part of the humanitarian knowledge. It is complementary to international expertise but requires awareness, capitalization and capacity strengthening.
‘One size fits all’ and ‘plug and play’ are too often applied. Opportunities should be created to allow local organizations to highlight their needs, values, strengths, specificities and impacts
These different organizations can collectively identify and document their knowledge and experiences, transfer and share them, in a continuous process, in order to update them regularly.
This process requires training and mentorship, as well as sometimes cultural catalysts and translators.
This implies the co-production of tools, practices, and above all of a contextualized language, disseminate at the pace of each participant.