Moving Forward Localisation of Humanitarian Action in the Philippines

In 2017, Al Mujaadila Women's Association (AMWA) organized Family Conversations, or listening sessions involving fathers, mothers, youth, and children who were displaced during the Marawi crisis. At least 240 families were engaged in these Family Conversations, which helped shape the development of a “People’s Agenda” for the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi. Here, a community facilitator conducts a debriefing session with women in an evacuation center. (Photo: Genevive Estacaan/Oxfam)
Paper publication date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2022

The humanitarian sector has been discussing localisation for over 25 years. The World Humanitarian Summit, the Agenda for Humanity, and the launch of the Grand Bargain in 2016 were major initiatives to reform the humanitarian system to make it fit for the future. In the last five years there has been a push for more concrete implementation of localisation commitments at country level. This report presents key findings of the country level dialogue carried out in the Philippines between February and July 2021 and aims to serve as a localisation blueprint, a plan of action, with concrete recommendations to be taken forward by various stakeholders.