LOCALISATION AS A KEY APPROACH IN MYANMAR
Access has always been a major challenge for international organisations in Myanmar, particularly to conflict-affected areas where humanitarian needs are the highest. This has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and now a coup: post-coup, donors and international organisations are more reliant than ever on national partners. Local and national organisations have better access to crisis-affected communities, and a first-hand understanding of the local context. They are also invested in the communities they serve in the long term, accountable to those communities, and often the first responders in an emergency. They provide a level of sustainability, credibility and proximity to affected populations which international organisations can struggle to maintain.