Middle East Regional Conference on Localisation of Aid
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In the past three years, significant efforts have been undertaken at international, regional and local levels by the Grand Bargain signatories to achieve the goal of the Workstream 2: More support and funding tools for local and national responders to realise these commitments. Particular attention has been paid to the themes of capacity strengthening, financing, partnership, and coordination, as well as gender issues. It is important to bring these efforts together to effect even more significant changes at system, strategic and operational levels.
Towards this goal, the Localisation Workstream has initiated a series of regional conferences on the localisation of aid, which will be conducted in Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. They will bring together local and national humanitarian actors, donors and international aid agencies in the region in a dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of localisation, as well as developments in global processes and progress, including the joint initiatives of the Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream.
The conferences aim to contribute to on-going initiatives and plans for individual and collective actions on localisation in the region. This helps to ensure that perspectives from the region help guide planned global guidance products.
We expect a mix of participants that will include the following group of stakeholders based and or operating in each region:
- Representatives of National and Local Governments, such as National Disaster Management Agencies (NDMAs)
- National and Local NGOs, National Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies, and private sector
- Regional representatives of INGOs, UN agencies, donor agencies
The conferences are being organised by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Government of Switzerland as the co-conveners of the Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream.