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Engaging local actors is critical for the success of humanitarian interventions in order to promote more effective and sustainable programming. Shifting the centre of preparedness, response, and recovery to the national and local level puts responsibilities, decision-making and power with the people most affected by a crisis and best equipped to understand SRH and GBV needs. Despite this, there is little evidence to suggest that local governments, SRH actors, and/or women-led organisations operating in development contexts are being adequately integrated into humanitarian preparedness, coordination and response when an emergency hits. These sessions identify challenges and good practices with regard to localization and identify ways in which localization can be meaningfully strengthened.

Rights and Equity

These sessions focus on how rights-based and equity-focused programming, prioritization, or advocacy had concrete impacts on the ability of women and girls to access sexual and reproductive health and rights across the humanitarian – development continuum. In particular, we seek content that highlights comprehensive approaches to SRH services in preparedness, response, and recovery; efforts to improve quality and ensuring dignity; successes or lessons learned in reaching specific marginalized groups; and experiences of meaningful and effective accountability and participation.


These sessions explore challenges and solutions related to financing for SRHR across the emergency programming cycle – from preparedness, to acute response, to protracted response and recovery. Sessions may examine financing at local, national, regional, or global levels. Sessions that explore financing scale-up from the Minimum Initial Service Package to comprehensive SRH services, and/or financing mechanisms that support shifting from humanitarian interventions to sustainable, locally owned SRHR programming are encouraged.

Cross-sectoral collaboration

These sessions explore integrated interventions both within the health sector (e.g. across HIV, mental health, or other health areas) as well as with non-health sectors such as security, environment, education, gender, and protection. They may also explore collaboration across humanitarian and development partners.


These sessions explore successful approaches to transitioning from emergency response to more sustainable programming. This track specifically explores how emergency preparedness, response, or recovery integrated or built upon existing systems, strengthened the resilience of affected communities, and/or institutionalized emergency response into preparedness programming.