Oxfam closes 5 year project aimed at strengthening local and national humanitarian response

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Oxfam in Uganda has today closed its Empowering Local and National Humanitarian Actors (ELNHA) project. The five year project focused on strengthening and equipping the capacity of local actors to participate in humanitarian response in the regions of West Nile, Acholi and Karamoja, and became a global flagship project promoting localization and humanitarian sector change.

Oxfam, through the ELNHA project demonstrated commitment to relinquish control of the humanitarian decision-making and funding by repositioning local and national actors to lead the humanitarian responses.

Funded by IKEA Foundation, the project supported over 60 local and national humanitarian actors including Government institutions, Civil Society Organizations, media and private sector to; design, deliver and lead in humanitarian preparedness and response in Uganda, to influence the humanitarian agenda in Uganda, and push large international humanitarian donors and international NGOs, including Oxfam, to tailor their policies, strategies and systems in support of local/national humanitarian actors’ leadership.

“The frequency and seriousness of the humanitarian crises have led us to emphasize building the resilience of the affected communities and increasing national and local response capacity and ownership,” said Francis Shanty Odokorach, the Country Director at Oxfam in Uganda. He added that Uganda hosts one of the largest numbers of refugees and asylum seekers in the world and has faced frequent and multiple humanitarian crises, including refugee influxes, disease outbreaks and climate-induced disasters like floods.

The government has put in place good open door policies to enable localization of the humanitarian response by being an invaluable ally partnering with Oxfam pushing the localization agenda in Uganda, including the series on localization that was done together with the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) Secretariat and the launch of the research into the funding flows to local and national humanitarian actors in Uganda, among others.

Francis appreciated all the key stakeholders that have walked the ELNHA journey, especially the local and national humanitarian actors. He also recognized the government's tremendous support right from District level as well as the great collaboration with international agencies.

He however asked all the signatories of the Grand Bargain to continue living up to their commitment to get more means into the hands of people in need and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian action.