Integrating Local Voices into Programme Governance in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings
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This rapid literature review explores how local people’s views and perspectives on their concerns, needs and capabilities (beyond asking about their experiences with aid) have been integrated into the national-level governance mechanisms of humanitarian assistance and development programmes in fragile and conflict-affected settings. There is limited systematic evidence available on this topic. There are a few cases of including civil society in national-level programme or sector governance bodies; there is more documented experience of including local actors in humanitarian response coordination. There is also relevant learning from feedback mechanisms, analysis and research, and people-centred approaches to aid planning and management more generally. The literature highlights the importance of conflict-sensitive approaches underpinned by regular conflict and political economy analysis; consulting with local actors on how they want to communicate and engage, and setting up safe and effective spaces for engagement; investing in long-term partnerships and capacity building to strengthen local organisations; and undertaking participatory, qualitative research that starts from ‘people’s own reading of how their lives are changing over time’ (Daigle, 2022: 15).
CitationCarter, B. (2022). Integrating local voices into programme governance in fragile and conflict-affected settings. K4D Helpdesk Report 1180. Institute of Development Studies. DOI: 10.19088/K4D.2022.110
Is part of seriesK4D Helpdesk Report;1180
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SponsorForeign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
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