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Localization of Humanitarian Response in the Syrian Crisis

Ahmed Haj Asaad:
Amal Sadozai:
Elsa Romera Moreno:
Steven Joe Dixon:

The move towards greater funding and ownership for local actors presents a major change to the status quo of humanitarian action, yet promises that it will result in a more effective humanitarian system currently lack a solid evidential basis. Using evidence from the Syrian crisis, this paper presents an exploration of the local humanitarian response and its interactions with the international community. This paper finds that local Syrian organisations are an integral conduit for humanitarian action within Syrian borders. Supporting arguments for localisation, Syrian organisations demonstrate great potential for more appropriate, sustainable and effective humanitarian action. The extent to which this potential is realised, however, is heavily dependent on the relationship practices employed by the international humanitarian community.