The Journey of Local Response Pool Fund (LRPF) in South Sudan

The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan has become increasingly complex, with armed violence, displacement, food insecurity, and limited access to essential services affecting many communities. Despite overwhelming obstacles, local and national organizations have been instrumental in meeting the needs of the affected communities. The resources they require to do their work effectively, notably in terms of finance, technical assistance and information, are frequently difficult for them to get.

The idea of localization has gained traction recently as a result of the critical role that local and national players play in humanitarian response. By recognizing the inherent strength, capabilities, and expertise of local and national players in addressing the needs of their communities, localization seeks to reorient the focus of humanitarian assistance away from international actors and toward the local actors.

The Local Response Pooled Fund (LRPF) for local NGOs was launched in South Sudan in September 2021 in accordance with these guiding principles. With the help of this creative funding structure, local and national organizations are able to reach the most vulnerable and neglected communities. To ensure that the impacted people remain at the center of the response, the LRPF is created to be totally locally led. The LRPF seeks to improve the efficacy, efficiency, and sustainability of humanitarian interventions in South Sudan through strengthening local actors.