European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection / Global WASH Cluster / German Federal Foreign Office / The German WASH Network / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit / United Nations Children’s Fund / Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland / Sustainable Sanitation Alliance / Sanitation and Water for All

Opportunities and Challenges of Localising WASH Humanitarian Assistance

Wednesday 29 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL 357
Malteser International

The global humanitarian system is overstretched: crises are increasing in number and severity. The humanitarian WASH sector is seeking ways to meet these growing demands. The established centralised, process-driven mechanisms are a hindrance to contextualised response and the meaningful engagement of local actors. An increasing number of countries are calling for more locally led responses; some even resist to accept international assistance. In 2016, the World Humanitarian Summit advised a stronger localisation of humanitarian assistance and the “Grand Bargain” pledged to provide more support and funding to local and national responders. Two years later, this event aims to take stock of progress, identifying useful approaches, tools and partnerships to assist in localising aid, without compromising the quality of response and the humanitarian principles. Building upon a session with a similar focus at the Global WASH Cluster Meeting in April 2018, the event will utilise a café style format to share results and to encourage dialogue between humanitarian and development actors. Both have a strong interest in resilient societies. Complementarity of targeted investments and efforts is required to build capacity and better prepare local institutions and civil society to overcome the existing and looming challenges.


09:00  Welcome, seminar introduction and thematic definitions by facilitator
Thilo Panzerbieter (German WASH Network, Chair)

09:10 Where are we now? Current status, gaps and challenges of localizing humanitarian aid in the WASH sector
Ajay Paul (Welthungerhilfe, Global WASH Cluster - Strategic Advisory Group )

09:15 Building strong and resilient country systems: How can SWA contribute to the localisation agenda?
Kelly Ann Naylor (UNICEF Programmes, Chief of WASH)

09:25 From local to global – Exchanging perspectives on localisation

Linking humanitarian response with development support – Experiences from Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda
Dr. Callist Tindimugaya, (Commissioner for Water Resources Planning and Regulation at the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment)

The JCC of Kurdistan: a model for linking crisis response and institutional capacity building
Hoshang Mohamed (Joint Crisis Coordination Centre of Kurdistan, Iraq)

09:40 – 09:45 Q&A

09:45  Round table workshop -  Identifying practical recommendations, approaches and partnership that can accelerate progress in localising aid
•    Mobilising local actors
•    Moving forward the Humanitarian and development nexus
•    Streamlining donor policies and incentives
•    Adapting the SWA framework to be applicable to humanitarian contexts

10:15  Reporting back and prioritisation of key recommendations

Table rapporteurs

10:25 Event Conclusion
Donor Perspective - tbc