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Investing In Local Organizations Key To ‘Leaving No One Behind’ In Humanitarian Situations

IRIN: Millions of people in need are being left behind. Let’s fix that
Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

“…A report released [Wednesday] by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) … [states] that millions of people who need humanitarian assistance are being ‘left behind’ in their moments of greatest need. … What can we do? A first step is for the humanitarian sector to invest in confronting the challenge of ‘leaving no one behind.’ … [L]ocal organizations hold the keys to helping many of those millions whose needs are unmet by the wider humanitarian community. … If vulnerable and under-supported communities are to be identified, reached, understood, and supported, then we must commit to working with local groups. … They are already present in crisis settings — before, during, and after the crisis. They speak local languages, understand local customs, and are often best-placed to find and support the most isolated and vulnerable people in ways that are fast, culturally appropriate, and cost effective. … Let’s narrow the gap between our humanitarian ambition and the reality. Local groups are our best hope for ensuring that millions of people in need of our help are no longer left behind” (10/31).