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Survivor- and Community-led Crisis Response: Practical experience and learning

A large body of evidence highlights the significance of autonomous self-help among populations hit by humanitarian and protection crises. The role of crisis-affected people as the first (and last) responders is universally acknowledged, even if too often ignored by aid professionals. The importance of self-help in strengthening dignity, psychosocial recovery and resilience is also increasingly recognised. The multitude of initiatives taken by individuals and groups across the world during the Covid-19 crisis has only added to this growing recognition of the importance of autonomous crisis responses by affected people. This Network Paper introduces and explains existing knowledge and experience with an emerging way of working in humanitarian programming.

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Published 2021-06-18

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