KAPorg: Supporting Donors and INGOs to Localize their Approaches
Localization is a development approach that prioritizes the ownership, leadership, and control of development programs by local actors. Donors including USAID and the 18 donor countries and 16 aid organizations that signed the “Grand Bargain” seek to support development work in which an increased amount of aid is allocated to local and national responders. But as donors continue to struggle with truly achieving locally-led development, and local NGOs and actors continue to face practical, financial and administrative challenges learning of and securing international funding, we as the humanitarian and development community remain far from achieving this locally-led vision.
It is at this key intersection that KAPorg comes in. KAPorg is designed by and for international humanitarian organizations to support them in achieving the vision of localization, working to balance power and resources by providing an online platform for partnership, growth and funding. KAPorg’s assessments and capacity building can empower local entities to build and improve on the organizational and institutional systems and processes needed to be sustainable, and to receive the international funding they need to be successful and expand their local impacts. At the donor level, KAPorg supports USAID and other global donors in shifting the balance of power toward local organizations, by offering a platform for partnership and capacity building.