Through this briefing paper, ICVA aims to help improve NGO understanding of localization by exploring its evolution, opportunities, challenges and future trends, and the impacts of these in terms of strengthening principled and effective humanitarian action.
This briefing paper is based on a review of documents as well as ICVA’s participation in ongoing localization-related evaluations, research, working groups, workshops and dialogues. It has been informed wherever possible by the inputs of operational local, national and international NGOs in ICVA’s diverse NGO membership. This paper is intended to help inform a balanced understanding of localization in order to prompt further discussion and action, recognizing that the positions of individual NGOs do vary. Therefore, this should not be taken as a comprehensive NGO position on the topic.