Working with national consultants
The humanitarian system is transforming, and we need to transform with it. Localisation is not just for operational actors but something for everyone to embrace, so we have made it part of our business model. We seek to engage national consultants or actors for all our projects that involve in-country work. We have also committed to engaging national consultants from countries where we engage in humanitarian consulting; working alongside them to provide independent research and analysis is one of the best ways we can contribute to shifting the power dynamics of the existing system. We are proud to have worked with national consultants in Fiji, Vanuatu and Indonesia.
Linda Kenni and Railala Nakabea led the localisation research in Vanuatu and Fiji for the Australian Red Cross project. They also engaged in local media and conference presentations to share the results and their reflections on the research.
Tanty Reinhart-Thamarin provided invaluable support to our work with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). The AHA Centre holds monthly emergency response operation exercises internally to test response activation structures. The simulation we led was the first externally facilitated exercise to involve the entire AHA Centre operational staff.
Read Linda’s blog post, My journey to HAG: a personal reflection.