It is hard to ignore what seems like a relentless stream of international crises lately. But there is reason for hope— women and men around the world are successfully leading humanitarian responses in their communities and countries.
The international humanitarian system is overstretched, and current approaches to humanitarian crises too often rely on outsiders “parachuting” into unknown contexts, leading to aid that is often inappropriate and late. Increasing aid investments in local humanitarians can help change that. By helping people help themselves—removing obstacles, shifting resources, and ensuring that people working locally have the power they need to act—we can save more lives today and improve lives in the long term.
A child during El Salvador’s civil war, Karen Ramírez grew up with a strong passion for justice and solidarity with the poor. So for the last 20 years, Ramírez has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of El Salvador’s poorest– especially in emergencies.Meet Karen
Righting the Wrong: Strengthening local humanitarian leadership to save lives and strengthen communities
Tens of millions of people receive vital humanitarian aid every year, but millions more suffer without adequate help and protection, and their number is relentlessly rising.
Local leaders' stories
Since she was a child, Suyapa Maldonado has made fighting for the most vulnerable her core mission—and not even hurricanes and the most powerful El Niño on record will make her waiver.
As the deadly virus gripped Monrovia, Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo turned to local leaders to marshal support for a community-wide awareness campaign. Armed with knowledge, residents faced their fears, confronted the disease, and beat it back.
Threatened by Ebola in neighboring countries, Sidi Jaquite and his team of trusted health workers used their experience to spring into action to protect vulnerable communities.