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Localisation Through Partnership: Shifting Towards Locally-led Programming in Myanmar (Phase 2 – Navigating the Transition)


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

The second of three, this report focuses on 2019 where KMSS took over primary responsibility for managing the DFID-HARP grant. The report also looks to capture successes, challenges and lessons emerging from how the two partners have delivered the project within their transitioned roles.

Other reports from this series can be accessed here: