Smruti Patel is the founder and Co-Director of Global Mentoring Initiative. She was a member of the Tsunami Evaluation team for Multi-Agency Thematic Evaluation: Impact of the international response on local and national capacities, and since then has been an active advocate for locally led response and accountability to affected population. She was the Head of Membership Services and Certification at HAP International (now CHS Alliance) and at currently accompanies organisation on accountability and PSEA.
She is involved in co-creating spaces to accompany international organisations and donors in the change processes for better partnering and collaborations, focusing on shifting power, attitudes and behaviours; keeping equity, inclusion, anti-racism and decolonisation at the centre of the discussions. She was involved in the research to develop localisation framework for the Start Network, to assess and measure their progress towards localisation. The “Seven Dimensions Framework” is now being used and has adapted by many organisations and Humanitarian Countries Teams. She is a member of the International Convening Committee of Alliance for Empowering Partnership(A4EP), a network of local and national organisations, advocating for locally led action and on the Board of Trustees of INTRAC.