The aim of the conference is to examine the concept of localization of responses to crisis and conflict within the context of the Arab region. Community participation has long been recognized as a cornerstone of successful development and for effectively working with communities affected by disaster and conflict. Yet over the years this guiding principle has often only been paid lip service to, with fewer resources going into genuine participatory work at the local level, even though more communities have developed their capacities to engage with regional and international actors.
Localization seeks to address the issues of a top-down approach by utilizing culturally appropriate local knowledge and giving ownership of recovery and responses to local actors – with the support from the wider structures of the international community.
The themes of the conference are the following:
Localization of conflict resolution and transformation
Localization of relief and reconstruction approaches
Localization and regionalization of the conflict and humanitarian knowledge architecture.