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Funding to local actors

In order to shift resources to front-line responders, it is necessary to understand the funding programmed by local organisations. But a lack of reliable data on funding flows at country level underplays the significance of local and national actors including NGOs and government, and undermines progress towards achieving the 2016 Grand Bargain targets.

Workstream two of the Grand Bargain – commonly known as ‘localisation’ – commits donors and aid organisations to provide 25% of global humanitarian funding to local and national responders ‘as directly as possible’ by 2020, along with more unrestricted money and increased multi-year funding.  Despite making an explicit commitment to measure progress in meeting the 25% commitment, no measurement of the baseline or progress against it has taken place.

Commissioned by NEAR, this project aims to analyse the amount of funding distributed directly and indirectly to local and national humanitarian actors via international NGOs, UN agencies and donors. It aims to establish understanding of the constraints to increasing the level of resources channelled to local actors from a crisis perspective, and explore alternative approaches to tracking the funding dimensions of localisation. 

It draws on findings from two country case studies focusing on South Sudan and Somalia.


Barnaby Willitts-King, Nisar Majid, Mo Ali and Lydia Poole