In many parts of the world, NGOs face more and more legal requirements and other restrictions on their activities. Legislation on counter-terrorism measures, restrictions on NGO operations, and access to populations are impacting their day to day operations. How do NGOs perceive this shrinking space? How does it impact the ability of NGOs to operate, especially in conflict and complex emergency contexts? What are some of the measures taken by NGOs and other partners to respond to the current trends?
Localization is the process through which a diverse range of humanitarian actors are attempting, each in their own way, to ensure local and national actors are better engaged in the planning, delivery and accountability of humanitarian action, while still ensuring humanitarian needs can be met swiftly, effectively and in a principled manner.
Humanitarians operate in a constantly changing environment. New emergencies, technological evolutions, and changing political landscapes constantly pose new challenges and prompt new approaches for humanitarian action.
In many parts of the world, respect for humanitarian principles is eroding and so too is the NGOs’ space to operate. The humanitarian community struggles to keep up with the multiple reforms, initiatives and discussions that are happening at the global policy level and at the regional and country levels.