Partnerships in first line responses

Published 05. Oct 2023
The escalation of the war in Ukraine in February 2022 led to one of the largest refugee movements seen since World War Two. The demand and support for a humanitarian response was unprecedented and much of the international aid system and local actors turned their attention to responding.

This resulted in a rapid scale up, or in some cases start up, by members of the international humanitarian community. Due to the essential role that existing formal and informal local organisations were playing in meeting the needs of the displaced, many organisations adopted a partnership approach.

To learn from this experience Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) commissioned research to explore the relationships between international NGOs and local actors who started or scaled up their operations in Central and Eastern Europe.

The aim is to provide practical guidance to INGOs responding to emergencies and ‘first line responses’ in partnership with local actors.