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Press release – Launch of the shifting the power project

A consortium of Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) comprising of ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Concern and Tearfund has launched a project titled ‘Shifting Power Project.’ 

The project seeks to strengthen communities’ capacity to lead and deliver humanitarian response in times of disaster. The project will also strengthen local and national organisation’s decision-making and leadership in humanitarian response.

The Shifting the Power project brings together 6 leading humanitarian agencies to work in 5 disaster-prone countries to strengthen the capacity of local organisations to determine and deliver humanitarian preparedness and response.

The vision of the consortium of the consortium is to support local actors to take their place alongside international actors to create a more balanced humanitarian system that is more responsive and accountable to disaster affected communities. The project will strengthen local and national organisation’s decision-making and leadership in humanitarian response. It will be implemented in Kenya, Pakistan, Ethiopia, DRC and Bangladesh. The overall budget is £4.9 million over 3 years.

This project is part of an ambitious suite of projects in the Start Network designed to develop decentralised approaches to capacity building and to improve the quality and speed of humanitarian response. The project is supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) through the Disasters Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP).