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, what the project’s Principal Investigator Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh has termed ‘refugee-refugee humanitarianism‘. 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 significant 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.

We will be updating this page with more resources and findings in due course.