Does Faith-Based Aid Provision always Localise Aid?

Refugee Hosts

Attempts to localise humanitarian responses have resulted in a growing awareness on the part of international actors of the opportunities that come from working with local faith communities (as explored on Refugee Hosts here, here and here). However, as Estella Carpi argues, there is a need to reflect on local contexts to ensure that engagements with LFCs do not rely on essentialising practices that assume certain groups speak on behalf of a homogenous ‘locale’. This piece speaks to Refugee Hosts’ aim of improving knowledge about local communities, our earlier series on ‘Faith and Displacement‘, as well as the aims of our series, ‘Contextualising the Localisation of Aid Agenda’, which seeks to locate “the local” in localisation. Related recommended readings are included at the end of this piece. 

Does Faith-Based Aid Provision always Localise Aid? 

By Estella Carpi, Department of Geography, UCL

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