Across the world, COVID-19 restrictions and risks have forced international actors to place greater focus on localisation, more from necessity than choice. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, COVID-19 has led to a drastic increase in humanitarian needs and placed additional pressure on already burdened health systems. While the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to deliver a timely boost for the localisation process in the countries, to date the shift has been partial, rarely upending established power inequalities.
As part of their ongoing research on how the pandemic has influenced the localisation of humanitarian aid, the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) partnered with Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) and GLOW Consultants, Pakistan, to carry out this study across Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The purpose of this study was to review the impact of Covid-19 on shifts towards more locally led humanitarian action in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the potential broader implications for the sector as a whole. The study aims to add to the growing body of research on this topic, including studies from the Pacific and Myanmar.