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Our Approach: Empowering Local Voices, Fostering Inclusivity, and Optimizing Response Mechanisms

At the core of the Localization Initiative is a unique humanitarian approach, intricately designed to empower local actors, nurture inclusivity, and optimize response mechanisms in Yemen. Our distinctive approach is underpinned by a set of guiding principles born out of collaborative dialogues and shared commitments:

Vision & Mission

The overarching purpose of our strategy is to champion a localized, inclusive, responsive, and effective response system in Yemen. Grounded in strengthened partnerships, empowered local leadership, enhanced coordination, increased community involvement and ownership, improved funding accessibility, and a supportive environment for local actors, our mission is to align interventions with the needs of affected populations. This dynamic proposal envisions a collaborative effort involving the Localization Initiative members, response actors, and stakeholders.



Preservation of lives, dignity, and well-being without discrimination.


Impartial assistance based on need alone, devoid of favoritism.


Equal treatment for those in need of aid, without bias.


Autonomy in humanitarian actions, free from external influences.


Accessibility of humanitarian principles to all affected by crises.


Responsibility for actions, transparency, and ethical resource use.

Respect for Human Rights

Upholding and promoting the respect for fundamental rights.


Local Ownership and Leadership

Prioritizing and supporting local actors in shaping interventions.

Partnership Alignment

Ensuring partnerships are based on mutual respect, transparency, and shared principles.

Needs-Driven Approach

Designing programs based on a thorough understanding of diverse and evolving needs.

Inclusivity and Diversity

Embracing diversity, ensuring participation of all stakeholders, and valuing their contributions.

Accountability and Transparency

Upholding high standards of accountability, transparency, and commitment to the response localization agenda.

Continuous Learning and Adaptation

Fostering a culture of learning and adaptation for flexibility and innovation.

Sustainability and Resilience

Promoting interventions that are sustainable, building resilience within communities.

Advocacy and Influence

Advocating for policies supporting the localization agenda and removing barriers to local engagement.

Conflict Sensitivity and Do No Harm

Prioritizing conflict sensitivity, striving to do no harm, and minimizing negative impacts on conflict dynamics.