Feminism’s new frontier: Localising aid

March 8, 2017

Forming real partnerships between donors and local organisations is key to achieving progress in women’s rights issues.

This International Women’s Day, my hope is that we start rethinking existing patterns on how human rights funding decisions are made.

Recent discussions on localising aid show that this is not just a women’s rights issue – it relates to trends in the entire international aid community.

In practice though, direct funding is the exception rather than the rule. This gives the impression that small women’s groups are not trusted to “do the job properly” and that international donors need to micro-manage projects on their terms.

The data we have available shows our concerns are valid. According to the World Bank, investing in women is vital to end poverty and boost economic growth.