by Ben Emmens and Maxine Clayton
The Shifting the Power Project (StP), 2017
The Shifting the Power project (StP) is aiming for a more balanced humanitarian system, where the role of local and national humanitarian actors is valued, supported and recognized by international humanitarian agencies, donors and International NGOs. The debate on localisation of humanitarian action has gained momentum in the past two years, following the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), yet its implementation is at an early stage. Many WHS participants debated whether the aid system was broken, the necessity for transformation, improved effectiveness, and the consistent increase in humanitarian needs. The vision and journey of localisation has been repeatedly confirmed as the ‘right direction’, not only because it is considered morally and ethically right but because there is an increasing body of evidence that localisation increases impact and improves effectiveness.