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The Grand Bargain and localisation: what we heard at Aidex 2016

24 November 2016

This year’s Aidex conference in Brussels followed in the slipstream of the World Humanitarian Summit, generating further discussion on the burning topic of ‘localisation’. The two-day event attracted participants from 120 countries with a mix of INGO, donor, UN and private sector representatives.

Unsurprisingly, financing was a key strand. The Grand Bargain, and the target to channel 25% of humanitarian funding to local NGOs by 2020, emerged as a major talking point. In her opening speech, Dr. Jemilah Mahmood (IFRC and chief of the WHS secretariat) singled out the agreement as the most tangible way to advance the localisation agenda.

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