Call for Papers - INGOs as brokers in the interplay of trust and control in the localization agenda: a case study from the Philippines

INGOs as brokers in the interplay of trust and control in the localization agenda: a case study from the Philippines

Submitted by Marie-Claude Savard, Nelson Duenas
For panel Hierarchies and Exclusion in Humanitarianism

Despite their broad commitment to increasing direct funding to emergency responders in the Global South, Western donors and international humanitarian actors have made limited progress in achieving their objectives. By looking at how management control systems interact with interorganizational trust, we argue that the bureaucratic control mechanisms of state actors reinforce a trust deficit with regard to local non-state actors and responders in the Global South. The analysis of a case study from the Philippines reveals that international NGOs, as intermediary humanitarian actors, help to broker trust between donors and local responders by deploying control mechanisms that support the localization agenda.

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