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Localisation Through Partnership: Shifting Towards Locally-led Programming in Myanmar (Phase 1 – The Partnership Journey)


Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (KMSS) and Trócaire have been working in partnership to respond to the crisis in Kachin and Northern Shan State in Myanmar since 2012. Their 2018-2020 project funded by the UK Government resourced Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience Programme Facility (HARP-F) had a specific aim to transition the project lead role from Trócaire to KMSS.

KMSS and Trócaire partnered with the Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) to conduct a multi-phase research to facilitate learning for both partners during this localisation journey, and for the broader humanitarian sector at the national and international levels. The research consists of three phases, each the focus of a report:

  • Report 1: Mapping the partnership journey from 2012 to 2018
  • Report 2: Reviewing the localisation transition in 2019
  • Report 3: Reflecting on the localisation process at the end of 2020

This report describes the outcomes of the first of three phases of research. It is focused on the internal partnership journey from 2012-2018, the reflections and experiences of each partner and the shifts during the collaboration.

Other reports from this series can be accessed here: