Operational Partnerships and Localisation

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Thanks to the Somaha Foundation funding, we have been able to start the “Operational Partnerships and Localisation” project. Terre des hommes recognises the importance of engaging in a profound shift in power dynamics between the different actors in both humanitarian and development contexts.

Our impact

Analysis report

on our global partnerships and localisation situation published in July 2023

Publication

of our global partnerships and localisation policy to be released early 2024

Design 

of a capacity building online platform, on-site trainings and adapted tools dedicated to our field partners to be carried out from 2024 to 2026

Help

Localisation means a shift in power dynamics between actors in both humanitarian and development contexts. It means empowerment for people affected by crises. Aid is still currently designed for short term responses that are not conducive to forging efficient and long-lasting partnerships. This eventually impairs the sustainability of programs in place and can create disempowerment of people and social structures and dependency in countries of intervention. Thanks to the Somaha foundation, Tdh has started working on internal changes to better work with its local and national partners globally by clarifying its localisation policy, improving its partnership tools and practices and provide capacity development. The project is implemented in four pilot countries (Albania, Bangladesh, Hungary and Nepal) prior to a global rollout and aims at strengthening local organisations capacities and engagement. 

Situation analysis report

Since November 2022, we have been working on a situation analysis report aimed at gathering opinions and feedback on partnerships and localisation from field teams and local partners in its interventions in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Five workshops were held in the pilot countries of the project. Besides the worksops, external interviews with NGO and academic actors, mapping of local and national partners, questionnaires with our field teams and local partners, helped us to better understand partnership practices. 

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Long term objectives

By January 2024, and taking into account the findings of the situation analysis report, the project aims to draw up a partnership and localisation policy to define Tdh's practices and objectives for the long term. In addition, we will also work on an online platform for partnerships and localisation, which will provide capacity building sessions.

Our partner

Somaha Foundation

Somaha Foundation

Somaha Foundation supports people in need, an open and diverse society and the protection of nature.
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Somaha Foundation

Somaha Foundation

Somaha Foundation supports people in need, an open and diverse society and the protection of nature.
Their website
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