Community-led Humanitarian Actions in Crisis: Rethinking the Aid Governance and Modalities

In the face of the pandemic, leaders of the humanitarian world have committed themselves to providing assistance on a scale and in a form that not only enables the affected communities to meet their immediate needs, but to improve their self-reliance in the long-run.

In this presentation, Maryam Bidmeshgipour (Grants and Partnerships Manager, Relief International) and Narjes Zivdar (PhD candidate, University College London) discuss their research, which aims to rethink the governance and modalities of aid during the crisis, drawing on a case of humanitarian response to the Covid-19 outbreak in Iran. They explore the promising idea of 'community-based humanitarian leadership', which may allow a reimagining of the role of state, target communities, humanitarian/development agencies and donors' political interests in the aid flow. Bidmeshgipour and Zivdar present their main criteria for good governance, which includes effectiveness, efficiency, legitimacy, accountability, and adaptability.
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