Advancing Anticipatory Action Through Localisation: Insights from Mozambique, Madagascar, and Malawi – Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe in the VOL 37

In the latest VOICE Out Loud issue, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe presents a compelling case for integrating localisation with Anticipatory Action (AA) in Southern Africa. This approach not only enhances the effectiveness of crisis responses but also fosters sustainability and community ownership.

Key insights from Mozambique, Madagascar, and Malawi reveal how empowering communities to lead their own crisis responses can result in swifter, more adaptive, and cost-effective local actions. By implementing Community Cash Grants, these communities have been able to autonomously allocate resources, enhancing their resilience and response capabilities. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe also highlights the importance of investing in localisation initiatives. Rather than reinventing the wheel, their focus has been on complementing existing National Coordination Mechanisms and empowering local response mechanisms. Despite challenges such as logistical constraints and funding tools, the critical role of Crisis Modifiers and alternative financing mechanisms is underscored for timely AA responses.

Through these efforts, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and its partners have significantly advanced the localisation of AA in Mozambique, Madagascar, and Malawi, demonstrating the power of community-led responses and the importance of collaborative partnerships.

Click here to read the article by Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe.

Click here to read the VOICE Out Loud 37 “Anticipatory Action: Shaping the Future of Humanitarian Response”.