Tilleke Kiewied


Moving towards a more equitable, locally-led and

collaborative humanitarian sector

Shaping equitable partnerships

Are you wondering how to approach a partnership and unlock its full potential? How to achieve more equitable relations with other actors?

Are you shaping a collaboration or network and want to explore its transformative potential? Does the collaboration need support to review it’s ways of working to enhance its impact?

Promoting Local Humanitarian Leadership

What does the localisation agenda mean to you, your team, your partnerships, your strategy?

How to create space for local leadership and horizontal partnerships in a project-centred vertical humanitarian system? How to promote locally designed and locally owned solutions?

Contextualising Humanitarian Principles and standards

Are you looking for ways to develop capacities of your staff or partners to contextualise humanitarian principles and standards? Or would you like to develop common standards and indicators for collective accountability? Are you planning a review of humanitarian response based on the Core Humanitarian Standards and in need of a facilitator?


Supporting you, your organisation and your partnerships to move forward towards a more equitable, locally-led and collaborative humanitarian sector.

Explore new perspectives and pathways

My Services:

All services can be offered live as well as online and anywhere in the world. As long as we can communicate in English or Dutch (and some French) with sufficient connectivity via skype or other channels online.

    • Accompanying initiatives to collaborate – anywhere in the world – and support those involved to reflect upon the partnering processes, the guiding principles and standards, the longer term vision. 
    • Accompanying leaders as a sparring partner, critical friend or coach supporting you to explore different perspectives or to make choices. 

-  sessions or workshops to:

  • Shape the collaboration across the phases of the Partnering Cycle:  Scoping & Building – Managing & Maintaining – Reviewing & Revising – Sustaining Outcomes
    • Test the temperature during ongoing partnerships. Examples are:  Partnership Learning Conversations (a short process with 1 joint session and a bit of homework) or Partnership Health Check (co-designed and applied at regular intervals) 
    • Develop your humanitarian or partnership strategy
    • Thought-provoking sessions. As a session on humanitarian principles & partnerships; a session on domestic humanitarian capacity; or tailored-sessions.
  • Peer reviews of humanitarian programs by jointly creating contextualised indicators based on the Core Humanitarian Standards. 
  • Peer coaching: Facilitated conversation between peers to explore a common professional challenge or problem. At the same time developing their personal leadership skills. The sessions will develop skills of participants to facilitate reflective sessions with their team or partnership. I am offering my experience and coaching skills in support of your development.  

Seeking someone to accompany you to take a next step?


I am an enabler – creating space for you, your team, your partners to reflect, to explore new perspectives and to carve out your own pathways towards equitable, locally-led and collaborative approaches to humanitarian practice.
My offer is to partner with you to co-design what support you need at this moment, building on current capacity and keeping humanitarian purpose, social impact and collaborative potential in sight.

Five Golden Rules, based on experience from various contexts the past decades, will be taken along in every assignment:

1. Capacity and potential

Start from capacity and potential which is already around. Respect the wide variety of actors, including communities, operating in a specific context. Empowerment is a key word.

2. Attention to process

Differentiate between projects -the What- and partnerships -the How-. 

3. Power of collaboration

Tap into the power of collaboration and complementarity, achieve more together than alone

4. Purpose

Keep humanitarian purpose and social impact in sight and put people at the centre. 

5. equity and respect

Inspire and challenge each other from a basis of equity and respect.

Explore new perspectives and pathways towards equitable, locally-led and collaborative approaches to humanitarian programs and partnerships ​

Do you need support to facilitate sessions for a group, to deliver a training tailored to your needs or to undertake a review. Or to explore transformative potential and to think through your next step.


If there is a founding mothers list for localization - you would be on it. We are in debt to the transformative agenda your efforts have led to. I am always inspired after talking to you - making me think about our work in ways I didn't before.

Anita Kattakuzhy (based in Greece) NEAR Policy Director

You actually listen to what others have to say. You try to understand rather than judge. You do not care about power, status, or any of that ego stuff. You work hard, by facilitating others to be their best. You enourage, support, enlive, energise.

Christina Schmalenbach Oxfam, Global Humanitarian Team, UK

Tilleke has many great qualities, but one is very special that I always admire the most. "She tries to understand people. listens to them and faccilitates conversation”

Shamnaz Ahmed Rumi Oxfam, Bangladesh

You were important for me throughout the project - as a mentor, as a sparring partner and as an energiser, thanks to your incredible experience, your knowledge, and the drive and commitment you bring to everything you do. You helped me to revisit some of my basics - I learnt from you to think differently about development and about my role in the sector and more broadly my approach to others.

Petra Righetti ELHNA Prgram Manager Oxfam Novib, Netherland

    Interesting reads

    Towards principled humanitarian action: the role of partnerships (PBA 2021)

    Empower Local and National Humanitarian Actors program (Oxfam) 

    The collective responsibility of humanitarians in complex crises (HPN May2016) 

    Create Space for Local Humanitarian Actors (Voice Out Loud#20, Dec.2014)

    Cash Relief in a contextedcontested area. Lessons from Somalia (HPN, March 2005)