Valuing local knowledge to enhance resilience
Innovative tools to bring local actors at the center of their ambitions
CERAR brings local voices and knowledge at the centre of its initiatives. It contributes to the debates, the development and the implementation of current themes such as localization and cultural sensitivity to move together the lines towards a new paradigm to deal with crises and to strengthen resilience.
CERAR, Center d’Etude et de Recherche-Action sur la Résilience, brings together an international and multidisciplinary team of experts in action-research on community mobilization, as well as support and capacity building for local organizations and their partners.
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.
Each individual, group or community has the possibilities of going beyond survival,
by mobilizing their capacity of choices to develop positively – even in difficult living
conditions – in a way that corresponds to their values and environments.
Sometimes local organizations feel or experience that they are not being heard
or appreciated. How introducing your organization is very important.
The following questions can help you generate interest in your projects
and your organization among your partners.