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
When disasters strike, lives depend on leadership that is clear-eyed and compassionate.
When the Peruvian village of Las Juntas joined forces with local authorities to reduce disaster risks, the impact was far-reaching.
Today, the first ever World Humanitarian Summit commences in Istanbul. It is taking place at a time when 125 million people are affected by disaster and conflict.