The report of HHR Europe is out now!

Please find below some key documents of the conference.

Read Sam Wakefield's blog on the conference:

There is no doubt that partnerships with national and local organisations enhance the relevance, appropriateness, accountability and connectedness of humanitarian response. We all know from research and evidence that local actors are the first responders after a disaster strikes and they will be the ones to stay around long after the relief and rehabilitation phase is over. Initiatives such as the Grand Bargain has sought to make principled humanitarian action as local as possible and as international as necessary; the Charter for Change has committed signatories to deliver a more localised practice so that ‘southern’-based actors can play an increased and more prominent role...

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Blog on charter4change.org by Jody Gunn-Russell from CAFOD

Food for thought from the CHS Alliance Conference in Helsinki: “The role of HR in enabling the localisation of aid response”

It has been a month since I attended the CHS Alliance Conference in Helsinki, along with around seventy human resources (HR) professionals from various International and National NGOs including my own, CAFOD. Some of the other organisations represented included large, well-known INGOs such as Tearfund, Finn Church Aid, Islamic Relief, Christian Aid and Oxfam. But more important, was the presence of local and national organisations, such as the BATAS Foundation (based in Nepal) and Caritas Bangladesh. It was a real privilege to meet so many committed people who were keen grapple with the question of how HR can support the localisation agenda.

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You can enhance locally-led humanitarian response by making a few practical changes to the way you operate. Whether you are a human resources (HR) professional in a globally active NGO or leading a grass-roots agency in the field, download our flyer and join HHR Europe 2017 to find out how.

Together, we will:

  • Explore what the Grand Bargain and Charter 4 Change mean for the humanitarian aid sector and the way we manage human resources;
  • Discover partnership and capacity development schemes, as well as skills building models;
  • Share our respective experience at a lively and interactive Market Place;
  • Participate in a World Café group discussion on localisation challenges in the HR field.

As a result of the conference we aim to:

  • Raise awareness of the key challenges, highlight best practices and consider the opportunities of the localisation agenda by providing insights, practical tools and momentum for action;
  • Identify key actions for HR professionals in their own organisations, what we need to change as a sector and how we can leverage our influence as a community of HR professionals to promote a more effective and meaningful humanitarian response.

Why localisation?

At the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which took place in May 2016, the UN Secretary-General called upon the international community to put local response at the heart of humanitarian efforts. The Grand Bargain, one of the major outcomes of the summit, seeks to make principled humanitarian action as local as possible and as international as necessary.

The commitment is supported by a growing body of evidence showing that partnerships with national and local organisations improve the quality and effectiveness of aid response.

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Day 1: 20 September 2017





Arrivals, Registration and Lunch


Welcome to HHR Europe 2017

Introduction to the CHS Alliance and the CHS

Judith Greenwood, Executive Director, CHS Alliance


HHR Europe Agenda and Expectations

Participant Mixer: Who is in the Room?

Perry Seymour, Facilitator


The Grand Bargain and Charter 4 Change:

What do they mean for organisations and for HR?

Anne Street, CAFOD


Refreshment break



Panel discussion:

Exploring the Localisation Agenda


·       Sector wide: Anne Street, CAFOD

·       Representatives from national NGOs – Udeep Regmi, BATAS, Francis Atul Sarker, Caritas Bangladesh

·       Programmes/operations: Michael Mosselmans, Christian Aid

·       Country level: Talha Jamal, Senior Programme Manager, Islamic Relief, Nepal

·       HR: Rene Bujard, Oxfam


Day one closing activities

Perry Seymour, Facilitator


End of Day One

Day 2: 21 September 2017





Review of Day One and Welcome to Day Two

Perry Seymour


Localisation in Action (1):

·       Shifting the power

·       Michael Mosselmans, Christian Aid

·       Shifting the Power partner Francis Atul Sarker, Caritas Bangladesh


Refreshment break



Localisation in Action (2):

·       Partnership models and perspectives from a national NGO – what can be done to support localisation and working in partnership

·       Udeep Regmi, Programme Co-ordinator, BATAS Foundation, Nepal

·       Talha Jamal, Senior Programme Manager, Islamic Relief, Nepal


Networking lunch


Localisation in Action (3):

·       Resourcing and capacity development and skills building models – case studies in practice

·       Start Network – Transforming Surge Capacity Project – development and use of national and regional rosters

·       Impactpool – rosters and resourcing platforms

·       HumanSurge -  using rosters

·       Bioforce – case study on capacity building and supporting partners in DRC

·       Cornerstone on Demand Foundation - Building Capacity of Syrian Humanitarians: case study on delivering technology-based learning in Syria

·       PHAP: Humanitarian Passport Initiative and credentialing


Refreshment break


Skills Building session: Effective Advocacy



Market Place


The market place is a lively and interactive forum where several organizations will present, promote and display experiences, results and views of selected initiatives that are working towards localisation.


End of Day Two

Day 3: 22 September 2017





Review of Day Two and Welcome to Day Three


Perry Seymour


The Role of HR in Meeting New Challenges

Group dialogues on localisation challenges for HR:

·       Organisational design and day to day operations that support partnership/localisation

·       Developing HR practices that support partnership/localisation




Refreshment break


Way Forward and Action Planning


Perry Seymour


End of event


Networking lunch


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