In Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, local communities, including refugees, have been identified as not only recipients of support but also as key providers of humanitarian and other material, spiritual and emotional forms of assistance. This finding makes a critical contribution to our understanding of the roles that communities themselves play in local displacement-affected contexts. This finding is of critical importance for those working in humanitarian and development policy and practice, demonstrating the vital role of refugee-led and local community-led responses, and how they can be better engaged with by different humanitarian and development-based interventions.

For more on this, read our Contextualising the Localisation of Aid Agenda blog series, as well as the series introduction by PI Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh.