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Local-actor perspectives on decolonizing aid and the COVID crisis

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Please note: Due to attendee privacy, there is no recording available for this session.

Early in the COVID response, a number of local actors and Oxfam staff formed a community of practice (CoP), with the objectives of creating a space led by local actors and focused on sharing experiences and best practices, raising visibility about the role of local actors in the COVID crisis, and providing peer support. The local-actor participants set the agenda, pace, and ways of working of the CoP; Oxfam staff serve as the secretariat (administrative unit) for the group. The group has grown to 23 local-actor members and 29 Oxfam staff from 24 countries. Objectives of the panel: Make visible some of the critical roles that local humanitarian actors have played during the COVID response; Share local-actor perspectives on Local Humanitarian Leadership (LHL) through the COVID lens, including the nature of their partnerships with international actors (including Oxfam), the share of power they wield, and the respective roles that they think different actors should play in humanitarian action; Offer local-actor perspectives on the movement to decolonize aid, and Discuss communities of practice as tools for advancing LHL. Creative (e.g., pairs or small groups where conference participants listen to the local-actor panelists) Proposed panelists: 3-4 local actors who are members of the LHL/COVID Practice Group, to be determined next week

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