About this database

The Feinstein International Center is committed to the use of evidence and learning to protect and strengthen the lives, livelihoods, and dignity of people affected by or at risk of humanitarian crises. Our core values underscore our commitment to learning with crisis-affected communities and local responders, researchers, and governments through respectful partnerships. Our research has long identified the important and complex role that local actors play in crisis response.

In the lead-up to and aftermath of the World Humanitarian Summit, the humanitarian community has shown a great deal of interest in generating new research about localization and locally-led humanitarian assistance. However, these topics are not new and there is a rich set of published work on many themes related to local humanitarian assistance. Feinstein produced this database, building on our long engagement with these issues, and important work done by Wall & Hedlund and Gingerich & Cohen (see below for reference). The database is intended to be a resource for anyone looking to do new research on this subject, those interested in identifying gaps in the research, and those interested in examining the existing research for policy and programming purposes. We created a database instead of doing a standard literature review as it can be kept up to date, it is easily searchable, and it highlights gaps that persist in the field.


Wall, I., and K. Hedlund. (2016). “Localisation and Locally-Led Crisis Response: A Literature Review.” Local to Global Protection. 

Gingerich, T., and M. Cohen. (2015). “Turning the System on Its Head: Saving Lives and Livelihoods by Strengthening Local Capacity and Shifting Leadership to Local Actors.” Oxfam America.