Funding to local actors: evidence from the Syrian refugee response in Türkiye
Türkiye hosts almost 4 million Syrian refugees. In this report, DI and TMK seek to fill the gap in data on funding flows to the local and national actors critical to the response.Read Online Downloads
Partnership with TMK
This research was carried out in partnership between Development Initiatives (DI) and the Refugee Council of Türkiye (TMK). TMK will be publishing a Turkish translation of this report in the near future.Visit TMK's website
Locally led responses require sufficient, quality funding provided as directly as possible. However, in 2021 only 1.2% of international humanitarian funding went directly to local and national actors.Read the executive summary
The growing discussion in Türkiye around localisation means it is critical to understand funding flows from international actors to the Syrian refugee response.Read chapter one
Türkiye has contributed huge amounts of domestic resources to the Syrian refugee response, and was also one of the largest recipients of international humanitarian assistance in 2020.Read chapter two
Funding to local and national actors
Local and national actors receive most of their funding through intermediary organisations despite implementing the majority of refugee programming.Read chapter three
Funding to LNAs must not only be sufficient in volume, but also in quality. Multi-year, flexible funding with allowance for overhead costs is crucial to meet needs and ensure longevity.Read chapter four
Quality of partnerships
Respectful and equitable partnerships are critical to successful localisation. Barriers to the strategic relationships are exacerbating unbalanced power dynamics between donor- and recipient organisations.Read chapter five
Conclusion and recommendations
There is a need to increase quality, direct funding to local and national actors in Türkiye who are responsible for implementing much of the response programming.Read chapter six
AcknowledgementsRead appendix one
AcronymsRead appendix two
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