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Local actors and the humanitarian architecture

By Rowena Teall

This year’s World Disasters Report states that local actors, such as national non-governmental organisations (NGOs), faith based organisations (FBOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs), are ‘the key to humanitarian effectiveness’. The localisation of aid is also a key feature in all four themes of the next World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in May 2016. This renewed focus on the local indicates a growing realisation in the aid community of the vital role local actors play in assisting with and improving humanitarian action.

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Is “integrated development” the future – or just a fad?

By Sara Gorman

At the start of UNGA week, I attended an event called “The Next Generation of Development: Integrated Investments for Youth.” There was basic agreement among the illustrious panel of experts, which included UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Founder and Executive Director of the African Institute for Development Eliya Zul and U.S. State Department Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Tony Pipa, that integrated development is the wave of the future we all need to see and support.

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