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Latest blog posts
Three reasons why refugee-led organisations need to be front and centre at this Global Refugee Forum
Excluding refugee-led organisations (RLOs) from the formal refugee response is a lose-lose. Organisations led by refugees play a critical role in the lives of displaced communities. But they have been underfunded and overlooked by the international community for years.
How can AI be used to improve predictions of humanitarian need?
We used machine learning to project the possible impacts of different climate change scenarios on humanitarian need. What might the future hold?
Overlooked and undervalued: tracking funding to refugee-led organisations
Refugee-led organisations play a key but overlooked role in humanitarian action. How can new insights on their funding drive inclusive changes to enhance transparency, funding and advocacy?
Tracking humanitarian funding to local actors: what we’ve learnt
In this blog, we explore the latest data and practices on tracking humanitarian funding to local actors, including the challenges around understanding whether 'localisation' of funding is happening and how to overcome them.
Indirect cost recovery for 'local' NGOs: an urgent issue for humanitarian reform
In this blog, DI, Oxfam and UNICEF outline the context for new guidance on the provision of overheads to local and national humanitarian actors, and explain why the changing industry standard is so important.
Funding to address gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies must go further
In this blog, DI’s Carina Chicet highlights key areas for improvement in the prevention, mitigation and response to gender-based violence in crisis settings.
The cost of leaving Afghans behind
Aid to Afghanistan is stagnating despite the desperate need for funding. Donors must come together to ensure that this does not become the new normal for such crises.
Localisation is here to stay: Lessons from Kenya
As part of a DI research team, Martha Getachew Bekele heard from over 30 humanitarian actors working in Kenya. Here she reveals what localisation means to them.
The power of transparency: Data is key to an effective crisis response
DI's Verity Outram and World Vision's Daniel Stevens share lessons, applicable to the coronavirus pandemic and more broadly, for how transparency and high-quality data can help humanitarian organisations, donors and advocates better respond to crises.