ADESO BELIEVES IN THE IMPORTANCE OF SHIFTING POWER AND TRANSFORMING THE CURRENT HUMANITARIAN AND DEVELOPMENT ECOSYSTEM BECAUSE OUR RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD DEMANDS IT

As a local organization, Adeso has been confronted with an unfair and imbalanced humanitarian and development system that devalues grassroots organizations. These experiences have pushed Adeso to be at the forefront of developing dynamic and critical infrastructures to building a better, more equitable aid system.

Adeso’s path towards a transformed aid system started in 2014, when we commissioned a study about creating a network of global south civil society organizations, leading to the establishment of NEAR in 2016.

During the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), Adeso organized local civil society organizations to have clear and consistent advocacy messages, and we became a leading voice of what was later called the “localization movement”. For the first time, humanitarian actors engaged with questions of power and more direct funding to grassroots organizations, who adopted the Grand Bargain agreement to demonstrate commitment to a more localized aid response. The movement successfully advocated for a 20% target of direct funding given to local actors, which was adopted in the Grand Bargain and increased to 25%. This was one of the most important advocacy wins for grassroots organizations and it was under the leadership of Adeso.

We have since actively engaged with the #ShiftThePower Movement, which similarly aims to transform the philanthropy and development space towards a system that is people-based and equitable, shifting power to local communities and actors.