Survivor and community led crisis responses in the Philippines

This learning brief presents key lessons from ECOWEB and L2GP’s ongoing experience with survivor and community led crisis response in the Philippines. The paper is the first in a series of papers presenting key findings and learning from pilot projects undertaken in collaboration between a number of local, national and international humanitarian actors and L2GP. All these initiatives are undertaken with the explicit purpose to develop and refine approaches and methods to support local agency. The paper is co-authored between Regina “Nanette” Antequisa of ECOWEB (Philippines) and Justin Corbett from the L2GP initiative.

“One important aspect we have learned is the need to ensure that those in the forefront – the communities and people affected by the disasters – should be considered to have the capacity to help themselves, plan their own action, manage the response and design the program…. Too often though, a disempowering process and relationship between INGOs and L/NNGOs, which often is replicated between L/NNGOs and the very survivors and communities, means that such opportunities for initiating real change are missed.” (Regina ”Nanette” Antequisa).

Please read or download the learning brief here.