Pushing the agenda on localisation: Dutch Relief Alliance at the EHF2023

The Dutch Relief Alliance and the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs are hosting a humanitarian talk at the European Humanitarian Forum 2023 (EHF2023). The forum, held in Brussels on 20 and 21 March, will be addressing important issues in the humanitarian sector. Together with partners from Somalia and Sudan, we will be discussing our experience in addressing the funding gap through localisation and quality funding. Join us and register online: European Humanitarian Forum 2023

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Funding Gap – Next-generation humanitarian partnerships: pushing the agenda on quality funding and localisation held on March 21, at 3 pm in the Riverside Room 6.

The panel will consist of Arjen Joosse, chair of the Dutch Relief Alliance and Marriet Schuurman, Director Stabilisation and Humanitarian Assistance at the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Eiman Ibrahim, Sudan Joint Response Program Consortium Coordinator at Plan International and Shahida Suleiman, Deputy Director at Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC) and chair of our Local Advisory Group, are experts on localisation and will also be joining the discussion.

Our topic: Next-generation humanitarian partnership

The world is ridden with humanitarian crises and humanitarian budgets are increasingly under pressure. In this context of growing, cascading needs and intersecting vulnerabilities, the humanitarian funding gap must be addressed. This will require more than resource mobilisation. Next-generation humanitarian partnerships between donors and humanitarian organisations can help to move the needle on quality funding and localisation, to contribute to making humanitarian assistance and funding modalities more fair, effective, and efficient. In this session we will present our novel partnership model, discussing its opportunities and challenges, and reflect on:

  • The shift from transactional to transformative partnerships with common objectives;
  • The added value of quality funding for local/national and international NGOs;
  • The value proposition of next-generation humanitarian partnerships for people in need;
  • Key elements of funding allocation mechanisms that can help build strong and future-proof humanitarian partnerships between civil society organisations and with donors;
  • The replication and scaling up of the partnership between the Dutch Relief Alliance and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Join the discussion!

Those interested in attending can do so on site at the event or online: register here

About the European Humanitarian Forum

The second edition of the European Humanitarian Forum will take place from Monday 20 through Tuesday 21 March 2023. The event will be held in the EGG Conference Centre in Brussels and web-streamed on the EHF2023 website. The Forum, co-organised by the European Commission (DG ECHO) and Sweden in the framework of its Presidency of the Council of the EU, will take place in the context of sharply increasing humanitarian needs, changing geopolitical realities, and shrinking humanitarian space.