Local actors as equal and strategic partners? Field perspectives


Wednesday 13th September 2017   

Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham

Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis

Ms. Halima Ali Adan

GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator, Somalia

Ms. Virginie Lefèvre

Program and Partnerships Coordinator, Amel Association International, Lebanon


New York 09:00   Dakar 13:00   Geneva 15:00   Amman 16:00   Nairobi 16:00 Bangkok 20:00


A year ago at the World Humanitarian Summit, donors, UN agencies and INGOs committed to ‘making principled humanitarian action as local as possible and as international as necessary… [and to] engage with local and national responders in a spirit of partnership.’ But what has changed on the ground? And, how can Humanitarian Coordinators and Country Teams deliver on these commitments?

Local actors are often seen as having distinct advantages compared to their international counter-parts, such as their proximity to populations affected by crisis, ability to respond quickly and sustainability after crisis, as well as their knowledge of context, language and practices. Yet, this proximity also raises questions concerning risk management, duty of care, accountability and adherence to the humanitarian principles.

This webinar will consider lessons and practical examples from the responses in Syria, Somalia and more broadly which humanitarian leaders can build on to strengthen principled local humanitarian action in conflict settings.

The webinar will be facilitated by Ingrid Macdonald, Director, P2P Support - IASC. For help logging on to the webinar, see the login guide here.

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Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham, Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis

Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham is responsible for coordinating the Cross-Border humanitarian response from Turkey of partners represented in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). This includes agencies of the United Nations and over 200 international, Syrian and Turkish NGOs. Mr. Rajasingham has served with the United Nations as Head of Office and other roles in humanitarian affairs for over 25 years in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Sudan. He has also served in Headquarters, as the UN Secretary General’s Director of the High Level Panel on Global Health crisis, and as the Chief of OCHAs Humanitarian Coordination Support and Displacement and Protection Supports sections.




Ms. Halima Ali Adan, GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator, Somalia

Ms. Halima Ali Adan is the Project Coordinator of Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), Somalia. She manages a comprehensive service provision program assisting victims of gender-based violence providing counselling, medical, legal aid and safe house support for women in need. Additionally, Ms. Adan serves as a member of the Humanitarian Country Team and as the GBV sub-cluster national Co-chair. She has been involved in the World Humanitarian Summit, the Grand Bargain process at national and global level and advocates for the implementation of the localization agenda.



Ms. Virginie Lefèvre, Program and Partnerships Coordinator, Amel Association International, Lebanon

Ms. Virginie Lefèvre is a Jurist who has been working for the past 10 years with NGOs, particularly for the promotion and protection of Human Rights. For over 5 years, she has been involved in the humanitarian and development sectors in Lebanon. She is the Program and Partnerships Coordinator of Amel Association International, a Lebanese NGO. Through her work, Ms. Lefèvre is committed to improve operations and coordination, notably within the framework of the Syrian crisis emergency and stabilization response, while contributing to reflexions around the international humanitarian system, North-South partnerships, national NGOs, etc. She is the focal point of the Lebanese local NGOs Forum.