Red Cross tips for localizing humanitarian response

Local responders with Fiji Red Cross support their communities after Cyclone Winston in Fiji. In the days immediately after the cyclone struck, more than 300 Fiji Red Cross volunteers and staff responded to the emergency to assess the damage and deliver supplies. Photo by: Navneet Narayan / IFRC

Peter Walton, international director for the Australian Red Cross, is urging humanitarian organizations to “get their house in order” to facilitate the localization of relief work.

So what can organizations do now to support the “Grand Bargain?” Walton shared his key tips with Devex on how to build organizational capabilities for localized humanitarian responses.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.