Workshop: Transferring and Valuing Local Humanitarian Knowledge - Learning from Experiences in Central African Republic

from Oxford Brookes University
Registration deadline: 15 Jun 2018 Training date: 25 Jun 2018 More Information

Making Local Humanitarian Staff and Communities' Grounded Knowledge Visible and Valued

Learning from Experiences from the Central African Republic

Since 2017, CENDEP (Centre for Development and Emergency Practice) at Oxford Brookes University and Caritas Centrafrique are collaborating on making local grounded knowledge from national staff and communities more visible and valued. The adaptation of research methods directly applicable to field practices, tools for contexts analysis and reporting create an opportunity for sharing local experts’ visions and experiences.

This collaboration is responding to the requirement of systematically integrating local actors and knowledge in humanitarian action and more generally localising the humanitarian effort.

After a year of reflection, participatory identification of field expertise and exchanges with the local staff at Caritas, a series of training and tools were organised for 40 program officers from different regional and national Caritas offices.

To share this experience and learn from other experts, CENDEP and Caritas Centrafrique are organising a workshop in Oxford on June 25, 2018 (09:30 - 17:30).

In the morning, the conceptual perspective of the project will be presented which will include the reflections on some of the preliminary results of the project activities. Caritas local staff will have the opportunity to share their views and expectations, as well as to put it in a broader perspective with others’ similar experiences.

In the afternoon, the three roundtables planned are as follows:

(1) Visualisation and localisation of contextualised knowledge in conflict zones

How can relevant local expertise of staff and communities be identified and transferred to other humanitarian stakeholders?

(2) Research methods as a means for the empowerment of staff and communities.

Which methods and tools can be appropriate to help the staff and communities to identify, and express themselves using evidence-based local knowledge?

(3) Moving forward: the role of contextualised and local knowledge in resilience enhancement and conflict transformation

In volatile conflict, how can contextualised and local knowledge help staff and communities in enhancing their transformative agency?

At the end of the workshop, the participants will gather findings and discuss on how to move forward together.

Following the registration, a more detailed programme will follow and links to choose and book the roundtable sessions.

How to register:

The workshop is on invitation only. If you wish to participate, please contact the organiser at