HUMANITARIAN LEADERSHIP SERIES
Integrating national and local NGOs into humanitarian response:
Where are we, two years after the World Humanitarian Summit?
Tuesday 16th October 2018
Dr. Jemilah Mahmood
Under Secretary General, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Mr. Philippe Besson
Head of the Multilateral Division, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
New York 10:00; Dakar 14:00; Geneva 16:00; Beirut / Amman 17:00; Addis Ababa / Nairobi 17:00
The term “localisation” gained significant attention in the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, and became firmly established in the humanitarian lexicon shortly after. Localisation aims towards a more balanced humanitarian system, where the role of local and national humanitarian actors is more valued, supported and recognized by international humanitarian agencies, donors and International NGOs.
The debate on localisation has gained momentum, particularly in the last two years, but what has been done concretely to support the localisation agenda? What practical change has it brought at field level? What steps are still to be implemented to reach the targets of the Grand Bargain?
This Peer-2-Peer webinar looks at localisation from the Grand Bargain Workstream perspective, based on the presenters’ experience as the co-chairs of the Grand Bargain’s Localisation Workstream. The webinar focuses on achievements that have been made and the challenges that persist in supporting its operationalisation.
This webinar complements a Peer-2-Peer learning mission on Localisation. The case study from the mission can be found on the Peer-2-Peer website.
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Ms. Kate Halff, Executive Secretary of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Relief (SCHR)
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Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary General, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Dr. Jemilah Mahmood is the Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Dr. Mahmood is also the co-chair of the Grand Bargain’s localisation workstream.
Before joining the IFRC, Dr. Mahmood was the Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat at the United Nations in New York and has been the Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch for UNFPA. She also founded MERCY Malaysia and provided leadership to the organisation from 1999-2009.
Dr. Mahmood has also been Senior Fellow at the Khazanah Nasional Berhad, a strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia; Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Futures Programme at Kings College in London; and she is on the Advisory Group of the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
Dr. Mahmood has held many Board positions in NGOs and INGOs and is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her contribution to civil society and work in support of marginalized communities.
Mr. Philippe Besson, Head, Multilateral Division, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Philippe Besson started his assignment as Head, Multilateral Division at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (FDFA - SDC) in August, 2017. His unit primarily is in
charge of Switzerland’s relations with, and contributions to UN humanitarian organizations, as well as the Red Cross-Red Crescent Movement. Moreover, it manages and coordinates
Switzerland’s contribution to disaster risk reduction and the promotion of resilient societies. Philippe Besson is also the co-chair of the Grand Bargain’s localisation workstream.
Philippe Besson has been with SDC since 1990. He has a degree from the Geneva Graduate Institute of Development Studies. He has experience in field operations and in development policy, in particular development effectiveness. Philippe Besson has worked in Berne, Dhaka, Niamey, Paris (OECD-DAC) and Juba (South Sudan). He has managed SDC programmes in India, Turkey, Poland and Palestine.
Ms. Kate Halff, Executive Secretary, Steering Committee for Humanitarian Relief (SCHR)
Kate Halff has been the Executive Secretary of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Affairs (SCHR), since May 2013. SCHR is an alliance of seven NGO networks, ICRC and IFRC, which aims at promoting quality, accountability and learning in the humanitarian field.
Before that she was Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) for five years, after having worked for close to 15 years in humanitarian leadership positions in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, with Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Oxfam, UN OCHA and Save the Children. Kate Halff is a founding Member and Board Director of the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI).