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Responding to a response: Lessons in localisation from Ukraine – HLA at HNPW

Sphere and HLA at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW)

In an increasingly intricate humanitarian system, one thing does not change: local organisations are the first on the scene and the last to leave.
We have seen this recently in Eastern Europe, where the sudden invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 forced local organisations into rapid response and relief efforts, which are still ongoing.

Numerous non-standard, emerging humanitarian actors, including civil society, found themselves initially unsupported.
And yet this also created an opportunity – to turn localisation from theory into practice, addressing new audiences and fostering stronger local networks.

What worked? What didn’t? What have we learnt for localisation in this and other contexts?

Join the lively discussion illustrated by practical and interactive exercises in person at CICG.

The HNPW is a platform for inter-network collaboration in areas of common concern (AOCC) with the aim to improve humanitarian preparedness and response. AOCCs include: Accountability to Affected Populations, Climate Crisis, Inclusion, Localisation and Coordination, Integrating Security Risk Management Across Humanitarian Action, Anticipatory Action, Organisational Culture and Power Relations, Nexus Environment, Emergency Response in a Pandemic. The weeks take place from 29th April to 5th May online and 6th to 10th May in person at the CICG in Geneva.

Please note that you need to register on the HNPW website to register for sessions. Registration is free.


6th May | CICG Salle 14 | 16:00 – 17:30 UTC +2


Felicity Fallon, Head of Training and Events at Sphere
Pawel Mania, Deputy Director – Impact and Influence, at the Humanitarian Leadership Academy

More speakers to be announced.

Save the dates to find HLA on STAND 29 at CICG in Geneva from 6th to 10th May, 2024

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