How to share risks and give more power to local actors? – Oxfam on the VOL 35
To allow the humanitarian system to change and swap towards a more localised approach, risk sharing is a very important part of the system that has to be taken into consideration. However, in this context, risks vary depending on the actors we refer to since donors, intermediaries, and local organisations perceive these risks in a very different way.
One big challenge for intermediaries and local organisations is the complex bureaucracy required from donors, and that, eventually, negatively impacts the work of local and national actors. Due diligence assessments required by donors are another mechanism that makes the overall humanitarian system less efficient and effective.
These and other aspects can obstruct the way humanitarian assistance is planned and delivered. In this article, Oxfam analyses the risks and the ways in which donors can adapt to give more power to local actors.