‘Localisation can ensurebetter results’

Metro_1 (766 x 430)Speakers at a sharing conference on Sunday called for shifting the power (localising humanitarian response system) as it would ensure better humanitarian response during any emergency or disaster scenario, a press release said.
Local actors should be empowered so that they can effectively take part in humanitarian actions. It must be understood that, it is not shifting the power, rather shifting or taking the responsibility. Shifting the power means sharing the capacity and equitable existence of power, they said.
They made the remarks while addressing the conference titled “National Lessons Learning and Sharing” of Shifting the Power Project at Spectra Convention Centre at Gulshan in the capital.
Mohammad Reaz Ahmed, Director General (Additional Secretary), Department of Disaster Management under the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, attended as the chief guest.
Satyabrata Saha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, attended as the guest of honour.
Sakeb Nabi, Country Director of ChriastainAid, Shafiqul Islam, Country Director of ADD International, Ehsanur Rahman, Executive Director of Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Farah Kabir, Country Director of ActionAid, among others, spoke at two sessions of the programme.
Terming local actors as the first and main responders after a disaster strikes, the speakers said they know the context and language, and are able to negotiate access.
Local and national actors also need to be involved and participate in the relevant decision-making platforms at both national as well as international levels.
Shifting the Power project has aimed to strengthen the capacities of local humanitarian organisations as well as supporting them to take place alongside international humanitarian actors to create a balanced humanitarian system.
The project has already created a platform named ‘National Alliance of Humanitarian Actors (NAHAB)’ and it is being supported by 44 Local/National NGOs so far over the last one year.
Shifting the Power (StP) stands up for a change in mindset and business models in the humanitarian system as a whole at the governmental, national, local and international NGO level.
Evidences shows that StP results in a positive shift to increased capacity to determine and deliver emergency preparedness and response, they said, adding that, it is high time that local and national leadership is valued, recognised and supported in the current humanitarian architecture.
Shifting the Power, a global initiative of six international NGOs (ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Tearfund and Concern Worldwide), led by Christian Aid in Bangladesh and supported by DFID through START Network, started its journey in Bangladesh in 2015.
The programme was told that StP has been able to yield some remarkable results in building capacity of its 11 partner NGOs working at local and national level. They are serving for humanitarian response in multiple regions of Bangladesh, from Haor Flash floods to Rohingya response.