About Consortium for Reimagining Humanitarian Action (CRHA)

In the year 2022, with support from Save the Children’s Eastern and Southern Regional Office (ESARO), 11 local organizations (see Annex 1) came together to form the Consortium for Reimagining Humanitarian Action (CRHA). The consortium was driven by the need establish a platform that will bring together people and institutions across Eastern and Southern Africa region towards this shared purpose of establishing a localisation action research hub. The hub would showcase the work of outstanding, local-led grassroots humanitarian organisations who have demonstrated that they are impactful and have the potential to scale up effective interventions if supported.


The member organizations structure organs:

1. CRHA General Assembly is the highest decision-making organ of the consortium. It comprises of all signed-up organizations within the consortium. They approve recruitment of new members, and subsequent capacity development. They approve annual workplans and budgets; elect the steering committee; appoint the secretariat; and approve policy directions.

2. The steering committee is a 7-member organ that comprises heads of member organization providing secretariat services; three (3) CRHA partner organizations (representing three thematic areas); a regional champion; one (1) representative from a regional body such as the Africa Union (AU) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD); and one (1) strategic partner e.g. Save the Children International.
The roles of the steering committee include:
• Oversight for the execution and strategic direction of CRHA
• Policy direction for the CRHA

• Identify and establish strategic partnerships and resources.
• Convene the general assembly
• Identify and recruit champions-individuals who can play an advocacy role on behalf of the CRHA
3. The secretariat is the organ mandated with coordination of consortium activities. During the consortium’s co-design workshop, member organizations appointed African Institute for Children Studies (AICS) as the secretariat for the CRHA.

The role of the secretariat include:
• Project management and Coordination- development and implementation of project plans, and monitor progress towards meeting the deliverables
• Data Management: provide technical support to CRHA thematic TWG committee’s data collection, storage, analysis, packaging and strategic sharing for advocacy and influencing.
• Publications: technical support for dissemination of evidence through publications, conferences, and press releases relating to the CRHA.
• Financial Management - develop annual budgets, work plan, and approved by the steering committee. Ensures compliance with statutory requirements, approved budgets and global financial management principles.
• Fundraising- preparation of concepts, proposals, execution of grants and any subsequent agreement that may result from this partnership development, consolidation and implementation of a coordinated fundraising plan, proposals.

4. Localization champions: A key ingredient towards attainment of CRHA’s objectives is the contribution of the champions. Champions are distinguished humanitarians who advocate for equitable and sustainable humanitarian actions led by local communities and organizations in Africa.

Their roles include:
• Creating high-level visibility in high-level forums on humanitarian action in support of the vision of the CRHA.
• Champion the use of evidence generated by the CRHA to influence policies, program designs and resource allocation.

CRHA will execute its mandate through 4 pillars:

• Pillar 1: Community Engagement: Through this pillar, the member organizations
• Pillar 2: Evidence Generation:
• Pillar 3: Policy advocacy and influencing:
• Pillar 4: Learning and capacity sharing: