Empowerment means let them make decisions. Empowerment means letting go of power.

Darare Gonche, MIONet-IREMO, Kenya​

sclr

Empowerment means let them make decisions. Empowerment means letting go of power.

Darare Gonche, MIONet-IREMO, Kenya​

sclr

Guiding Principles

Survivor and community-led crisis response (sclr) is a constantly evolving method, adapting to emerging evidence from contexts in which it has been implemented. These guiding principles provide a foundation for implementation of sclr in multiple contexts.

1

Adopt a new mindset that recognises crisis-affected people as first and last responders.

2

Adopt strengths-based participatory assessments and appreciative inquiry method.

3

Challenge gender narratives: women as leaders, not victims.

4

Strengthen (don’t weaken) collective action, social cohesion and sense of community.

5

Support multiple different groups to reflect the heterogeneity of crisis-affected people.

6

Explicit transfer of power (using microgrants) to community groups.

7

Promote broader well-being and psychosocially informed approaches.

8

Recognise that a crisis-affected population’s natural tendency is to respond holistically.

9

Develop new management systems and organisational cultures that incentivise staff to let go and allow greater sharing of power.

10

Give more focus to supporting local government agencies to adopt and fund sclr.

11

Redefine relationships between donors, national and international agencies.

12

Support ‘whole of system’ change that motivates all aid departments to challenge assumptions and accepted norms that limit opportunities for humanitarian aid to enable local agency.

13

Adopt a new mindset that recognises crisis-affected people as first and last responders.

1

Adopt a new mindset that recognises crisis-affected people as first and last responders.

2

Adopt strengths-based participatory assessments and appreciative inquiry method.

3

Challenge gender narratives: women as leaders, not victims.

4

Strengthen (don’t weaken) collective action, social cohesion and sense of community.

5

Support multiple different groups to reflect the heterogeneity of crisis-affected people.

6

Explicit transfer of power (using microgrants) to community groups.

7

Promote broader well-being and psychosocially informed approaches.

8

Recognise that a crisis-affected population’s natural tendency is to respond holistically.

9

Develop new management systems and organisational cultures that incentivise staff to let go and allow greater sharing of power.

10

Give more focus to supporting local government agencies to adopt and fund sclr.

11

Redefine relationships between donors, national and international agencies.

12

Support ‘whole of system’ change that motivates all aid departments to challenge assumptions and accepted norms that limit opportunities for humanitarian aid to enable local agency.

13

Adopt a new mindset that recognises crisis-affected people as first and last responders.