UNICEF (2019) The well-being of marginalised groups such as children and adolescents is frequently determined by decisions made at the local level. The important role of local government concerning access to goods and basic services is hence increasingly recognised in the humanitarian context. Cross-cutting programming that takes into account both local government as well as local stakeholders can therefore be very beneficial to development efforts, particularly in fragile contexts. This handbook summarises UNICEF’s experience concerning community engagement and support of local decision making in the areas of disaster risk preparedness, peacebuilding and humanitarian response. Thereby it provides guidance for stakeholders working in humanitarian contexts in rural and urban settings.