National leadership in humanitarian response: Myanmar’s experience in a global context

Six HARP-F partners shared how their work is geared towards empowering local organisations to lead the response in Rakhine, Kachin and Northern Shan, what the success factors are, and what they have learned along the way in this HARP-F webinar held on 7th June, 2021. Degan Ali, a leader in changing the way people think about and deliver humanitarian aid, put the Myanmar experience in a broader context.

Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (KMSS), the Community Empowerment and Resilience Association (CERA), the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT), DanChurchAid – Norwegian Church Aid (DCA-NCA), Relief International (RI) and the Center for Social Integrity (CSI) shared how they put in place steps to delocalize a project; how they trained community health workers to respond to urgent health needs in remote areas near the border with Thailand and their work with CSOs to strengthen community-led response to protracted displacement in Rakhine. They also explained their role in linking local CSOs and international aid agencies, and the need to 'unlearn' what we think we know about assistance, and listen instead to the affected communities.

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This is is first webinar in a series on 'Rethinking humanitarian aid in protracted crisis' which gives the floor to HARP-F partners, many of them local and national organisations. They have accrued expertise and experience in delivering aid to the most vulnerable populations in Myanmar in a crisis layering protracted conflicts, natural disasters, COVID-19, and now a military coup. The webinars also bring a broader global perspective through keynote addresses and moderated discussions.

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