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Are we listening enough to local voices?

27 May 2016

Following the World Humanitarian Summit this week in Istanbul, Mango's Director, Tim Boyes-Watson, shares his reflections. 

I’ve taken a couple of days to reflect on what I heard at the WHS and what I didn’t hear. My first reflection is that local voices were not prominent enough and that the WHS process did not listen to them enough. My second reflection was that those with most power chose either not to come, or not to use their powerful voices to call for the kind of revolutionary change that is needed.  I hope, but am not yet sure, that the future echoes of the summit will create an opportunity for deeper and more equal partnerships between international and local organisations, as well as greater diversity of collaborations which will promote innovation.

Local Voices

The odds were stacked against being able to hear local voices.  Local actors were in a minority of participating organisations and were largely only able to attend the side-events.  Relatively few panels in the side events featured representatives of local organisations and it was hard for them to get opportunities to contribute from the floor too.

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The IASB decides this month whether to extend its remit to cover global NPO accounting standards – their decision will impact future levels of direct funding to Southern NGOs

16 May 2016

To many, accounting standards probably sound very dull. However, internationally recognised NFP accounting standards would build trust between local NGOs, INGOs and donors, which is key to ensuring Southern NGOs receive a greater proportion of direct funding in future.

Increasing local funding from less than 2% to 20% of humanitarian spending hinges on trust – and standards are key to building it

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The Grand Bargain is key to increasing humanitarian funding to Southern NGOs – but there’s a risk it will fail to deliver

12 May 2016

The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul is fast approaching, and we’re preparing to participate in what could be the most important conversation about humanitarian funding yet. But there’s still a high risk that the summit will fail to address key drivers for change laid out in the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing report, Too important to fail: addressing the humanitarian financing gap.

Despite its innovative format, it is possible that the summit will fail to produce concrete enough outcomes, and that the accountability and follow-up around implementation will be too weak.

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