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What future role for local organizations? A reflection on the need for humanitarian capacity-building

31-12-2011 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 884, by François Audet

This article re-examines the current structure of Western humanitarian organizations and proposes scenarios to identify the best methods for the future regarding the relational framework with their local partners.

Abstract

While treating the humanitarian organizations themselves as rational actors, this article considers the factors that influence the decisions and the current logic of Western humanitarian organizations in their dealings with local organizations. This reflection necessarily leads to a re-examination of the current structure of these organizations and to proposed scenarios to identify the best methods for the future, particularly in the relational framework between international organizations and their local partners. Ultimately, the humanitarian organization interventional model must be broadened, taking local humanitarian capacity-building into greater consideration.