Survivor- and community-led crisis response: Practical experience and learning

Offering lessons to the humanitarian community, opportunities for collaborative work with traditional aid approaches, and suggesting opportunities for improvement - a new paper from The Humanitarian Practice Network at the Overseas Development Institute distills ten years’ evidence from survivor and community-led crisis response (sclr) in natural disasters, armed conflict, persistent poverty, and social unrest.  

Key takeaways:

  • The citizen-led response offers an approach to humanitarian aid that places people and communities at the heart of a response
  • Survivor and community-led crisis response (sclr) does not replace traditional aid but aims for a better balance between externally led interventions, and community-led response
  • Sclr is fast, effective and inclusive and complementary to traditional assistance models
  • Citizen-led response strengthens the dignity and self-worth of people affected by crisis

The paper by Justin Corbett, Nils Carstensen and Simone Di Vicenz is part of a collective effort that builds on the work of the Local2Global Protection (L2GP) initiative’s growing community of practice around community and citizen-led responses to crises. The authors are aid practitioners and documentarists with significant practical experience from numerous countries and crises across the world. 

DCA has been supporting and hosting L2GP for about ten years. Much of the program experience this paper draws on has been done in collaboration with DCA, DCA partners, communities, and activists in Palestine, Myanmar, and Sudan.

DCA is a signatory to the Grand Bargain Initiative, which aims to put more means into the hands of people in need and attend to the financing gap in humanitarian action. Moreover, DCA is committed to localisation which has become firmly embedded into our activities and objectives, as evident in our many projects that aims to build capacities of local organisations and CSOs.

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