Journal of Peacebuilding & Development
Journal of Peacebuilding & Development
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Evaluations and Research

Whilst the relation between local and global levels has been a long-standing concern of humanitarian, development, and peace efforts, in recent years the term “localization” has become a major issue in the humanitarian sector whilst peacebuilding scholarship has taken a “local turn.” This article analyses the concept of localization across the three parts of the triple nexus—humanitarian, development, and peace. It traces the long-standing concern with the local in each of these domains, considering similarities and differences in their engagement with the local and counter-veiling trends towards universalization, before proceeding to frame four challenges common to localization across all forms of conflict response: defining the local, valuing local capacity, maintaining political will, and multi-scalar conflict response.