This African Union (AU) Conference, which brought together in Ethiopia Governments, donor agencies, and African and international aid groups, explored ways of increasing investment in local humanitarian organisations, and promoting leadership in the main response operations.
The conference was jointly organised by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Swiss Government, and was attended by the Head of the Humanitarian, Refugee and Displaced Persons Affairs Division from the AU, within the department of Political Affairs, Ambassador Olabisi Dare.
Olabisi Dare, addressing the participants, pointed out that “the localisation of aid should be aimed at increasing the quantity of financing getting to national players, including community players; and, more importantly, improving the development of skills in national and community players to effectively govern general humanitarian aid”.
Organised under the name of “Localisation Workstream”, a network of important donors, United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, each member of the network signed a “Great agreement” in 2016, which includes strong commitments to move towards the “localisation” of financing and the processes of international aid.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office