Localization: Stocktaking for NGOs?

Fully booked

Localization is widely discussed within the humanitarian sector as well as in humanitarian NGOs. Expectations and ambitions among NGOs and even within single organizations are diverse. Numerous challenges and questions are to be solved. As part of a joint project, VENRO and IFHV will organize a series of trainings and workshops on localization. In a first seminar, we would like to give staff of local, national and German NGOs the opportunity to discuss their approaches to localization in their organizations, e.g. in the areas of project management, institutional funding, partnership agreements or advocacy. The aim is to provide orientation on the status quo of current localization debates as well as to identify barriers and solution approaches.

The workshop will take place online on 23 and 30 March 2023 and includes regular breaks.

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You will learn

what the status quo is with regard to the topic of localization in the participating organizations

what the prerequisites and expectations of different organizations are in the field of localization

what internal and external obstacles organizations face in the field of localization and how these can be addressed

what role the participating organisations would like to play in the field of localization in the future and on which topics they identify a need for further exchange

Target group

The seminar is designed for staff of German and local / national humanitarian NGOs that are already familiar with the discussion on locally-led humanitarian action and are engaged in institutional change management. We kindly ask German NGO colleagues to forward the invitation to their local and national partner organizations.


11:00 - 12:00

Welcome and Introduction

12:00 - 13:30

Expectations on Localization

Group discussions

13:30 - 14:05

Input by Participant on Current Localization Debates

14:05 - 15:00

Current State of Localization in our Organizations

What is working well?

What have we already achieved?

What are current discussions on localization in our organizations?

Dr. Katrin Radtke


Dr. Katrin Radtke is a Senior Researcher and Professional Training and Liaison Officer at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) and Academic Director of the academy for humanitarian action (aha).

Karoline Krähling


A photo of a young woman, Karoline Krähling.

Karoline Krähling is Policy Advisor for Humanitarian Action at VENRO.


Pellowska, D. (2023). Localisation in practice - Faciliating equitable partnership in humanitarian project management. Available online.

23.3.2023 - 30.3.2023

8 hours of training

Online Event

ProviderThis training is organized by the umbrella organization of development and humanitarian aid NGOs in Germany.
This Training is part of a joint programme by IFHV and VENRO and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.