Sorcha O'Callaghan, Chair@sorchaoc
Director of Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI
Chief Executive, Start Network
Minnie Anne-Mata Calub
Program Secretary, National Council of Churches, Philippines
Senior Lecturer of Humanitarian Studies and Director of Research at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester, UK
Executive Director, Titi Foundation
Decades-long commitments to supporting more ‘local’ responses to crises have not resulted in significant shifts in the traditional humanitarian system. Funding, decision-making and capacity continue to be concentrated in large international aid actors. Experts are now highlighting the critical role that local responders will play in relation to Covid-19 given their ability to act fast, engage communities and maintain delivery in the context of national and international travel restrictions. Will this lead to a reset of the humanitarian system? Or, beyond the rhetoric, will it be business as usual?
This event launches the Humanitarian Policy Group's (HPG) new report, From the ground up: it's about time for local humanitarian action, which brings together two years of research on examining humanitarian action, power imbalances and local capacity. Using report recommendations, we discuss whether Covid-19 is unlocking some of the barriers to more locally-led humanitarian responses in practice.
This event is part of the ODI at 60 global reset dialogue series, challenging decision-makers to provide more sustainable and equitable pathways for the future.