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Pledge for Change

Pledge for Change


There is a growing consensus that global humanitarian policies take little account of the dependency of disaster affected populations on local government and Southern NGOs (SNGOs),[1] who are usually the first on the ground in the wake of humanitarian crises[2].

To support a more people centered humanitarian assistance, there is an urgent need to capacitate local and national actors in affected communities. Enabling Southern NGOs to access the resources they require to better anticipate and respond effectively to crises, will help build the resilience of vulnerable people the world-over.

Creating more equitable partnerships among all NGOs, donors and local and national governments is a critical step in achieving a more efficient, dignified and responsive humanitarian system.

Adeso has reached out to over 100 SNGOs and their networks, operating in over 30 countries, and together calls on all actors in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit, to pledge change and support for:

1. We demand international CSO solidarity to reform the UN Security council in order to address root causes of conflicts and crisis.

2. 20% of all humanitarian and development funding from INGOs, UN and donors channeled to SNGOs and governments by 2020 - with transparent financial tracking in place, which is publicly accessible[3].

3. Establish SNGO managed global and national pooled fund to be more responsive to the needs of affected communities

4. SNGOs should receive a minimum of 10% core costs to ensure sustainability and enhanced capacity to respond to the needs of communities. Further, establish a system of compensation for loss of SNGO staff to INGOs.

5. Restructure international decision-making fora such as IASC to have leadership from local and national governments and CSOs, so SNGOs are heard and can influence policy-making.




[1] In the context of this manifesto, the term ‘Southern NGO’ includes all local, national and regional non-government organizations that are founded and headquartered in the global south. The term does not include International NGOs founded and headquartered in the global north with chapters, offices and branches in the global south. While we believe that localization of aid should include all local actors (including SNGOs, civil society organizations, governments, the private sector, etc.) and although the terms SNGOs and local actors are sometimes used interchangeably, this paper focuses specifically on SNGOs.

[2] Tsunami Evaluation Coalition, Tsunami Evaluation Coalition, Synthesis Report: Expanded Summary, Joint evaluation of the international response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Available from:<//>.

[3] Between  2010  and  2014,  local  and  national  NGOs  received  only  1.6%  of  the total  assistance  given directly  to  NGOs,  and  only  0.3%  of  the  total  assistance  reported  to  the  UN  OCHA  FTS.  In 2014 that figured dropped to 0.2% and their share of total funds given to NGOs dropped to 1.2%. Development Initiatives, Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2015. Available from: < 2015_Interactive_Online.pdf

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