Building Stronger Ground: Narratives of Local Humanitarian Leadership in the Philippines

Paper author: 
Mark Vincent Aranas, Amado Bugayong III
Paper publication date: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Local humanitarian actors are on the brink of what could be a revolutionary movement in the global humanitarian space, which is still dominated by huge and powerful international players. In the Philippines, this movement started way before the Typhoon Haiyan catastrophe of 2013. For many communities in the country, local humanitarian actors were always at the front lines of efforts that enabled communities to recover and build back better. In such efforts, it was understood that people in disaster-stricken communities should themselves be the drivers of change for a readier future apart from being the recipients of disaster response.