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EKOTA - Changing the way we work in humanitarian response

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 | The Church Agencies Network for Disaster Operations (CAN DO) brings a devolution of power and funding to local organisations in the Rohingya response. CAN DO is part of the Australian Humanitarian Partnership responding to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. AHP partners include: Save the Children, Care, World Vision, Plan International, Oxfam and CAN DO. In Bangladesh CAN DO is represented by a consortium known as EKOTA. EKOTA (meaning Unity in Bengali) has brought together three partners to respond to the Rohingya crisis in shared leadership: RDRS Bangladesh, Caritas Bangladesh and Christian Aid. EKOTA are the only AHP partners where local partners are leading and receiving the majority of funding (more than 70%) in collaboration with international partners. RDRS is a completely local, Caritas Bangladesh is a local organisation but belongs to an international network and Christian aid is an INGO. EKOTA is a new way of working in the humanitarian system and is shifting power relations - having local NGOs and INGOs on a level playing field. EKOTA has extensive reach and access through the three partners who have significant experience working with remote, ethnic and indigenous communities in Bangladesh and with Rohingya refugees. Our presentation will focus on how these three entities work together and how they work within the humanitarian system in Bangladesh, which is dominated by INGOs. The current events of the humanitarian system are making it more important than ever that local partners are leading in a humanitarian response. 

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