Paper: Money Talks. A synthesis report assessing humanitarian funding flows to local actors in Bangladesh and Uganda

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Paper authors saskia harmsen
In panel on Money Talks. Exploring Funding Solutions for Localized Humanitarian Response
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International humanitarian agencies and donors have made a series of global commitments to local actors as part of the localization agenda, including to increase their access to greater direct funding by 2020. This briefing paper reviews 2015 national financial data for Bangladesh and Uganda to better understand how to target international investments in localization. It presents key findings from Oxfam-commissioned research on which factors affect local actors’ ability to access international humanitarian funding. It concludes that in order for global commitments to translate into practice, investments should look at changing the terms of the funding relationship, as well as be based on a context-specific, national analysis of the financial environment.
The analysis of the research, undertaken by Oxfam with Development Initiatives, was published in 2018 in the report, Money Talks,i and offers some useful insight into the nature of LNHAs’ share in the financing and delivery of international humanitarian funding at the national level:
- Context has a significant impact on how results can be achieved;
- There’s more to the ask for greater direct funding, than just more money;
- Sustainability of organisations require investments;
- Government funding needs to be better published, recognized, and shared with non-state actors.
- Without greater robust, publicly-available funding data, finding funding solutions for local actors will continue to be challenged. (more details here)
These findings provide useful insights for reforming the existing aid financing architecture to better support local and national humanitarian actors.

i Kattakuzhy, Anita and Parrish, Chloe. March 2018. Money Talks. Available at:



Saskia Harmsen