Degan Ali

Degan Ali is Adeso’s Executive Director. She led Adeso in introducing humanitarian cash transfers in Somalia in 2003 and in 2016 she launched the Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR), a vibrant Global South network of CSOs that has since increased to over 200 members.

Degan joined Adeso (formerly Horn Relief) as Deputy Director in 2003 and she became Adeso’s Executive Director in 2006. She led Adeso in introducing humanitarian cash transfers in Somalia in 2003, which was later scaled up during the 2011 famine. In 2016, Degan launched the Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR), a vibrant Global South network of CSOs that has since increased to over 200 members. She was very involved in the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 and suggested to establish a 20% target of direct humanitarian funding to local actors, which was later adopted and increased to 25% in the Grand Bargain commitments. Degan is dedicated to provide local communities with a voice, and passionate about democratising the way humanitarian and development aid is currently delivered. She believes in the values of partnership and collaboration.

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