Updated on 19 November 2020
Four years into the Grand Bargain process, it is clear that the mechanism is acting as a lever for change and is having a wider impact in terms of a more cohesive, collaborative approach across the international humanitarian aid sector.
The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating protection concerns in humanitarian crises and exposing vulnerable populations to new threats. Protection clusters are reporting an increase in cases of violence, including a ‘shadow pandemic’ of Gender Based violence (GBV), forced displacement, a rise in xenophobia and stigmatization, alongside discrimination in access to health, food, water, education and legal services for vulnerable and marginalized groups.
Following a successful application, the Alliance for Empowering Partnership (A4EP) is the newest, 63rd Signatory to the Grand Bargain.
The Grand Bargain now includes 63 Signatories (25 states, 11 UN Agencies, 5 inter-governmental organizations and Red Cross/Red Crescent Movements and 22 NGOs) which represent around 84% of all donor humanitarian contributions donated in 2019 and 69% of aid received by agencies.
Please find A4EP's statement below:
Members of Alliance for Empowering Partnership are inviting you to a dialogue series, supported by Community World Services Asia and, KUNO (Platform for Humanitarian Knowledge Exchange) and in collaboration with other international and local platforms to contribute to the body of alternative knowledge.
The Grand Bargain was set-up in 2016 to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness of the humanitarian system. As the Grand Bargain enters its fifth year in 2021, the Signatories will make a decision on what should come after 2021. To that purpose, the Facilitation Group will develop a proposal on the future of the Grand Bargain.
Discussions on the humanitarian programme cycle and parallel work under the Grand Bargain have highlighted the criticality of stronger joint needs assessments and analysis as a pre-condition to credible and well-funded Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs). While other factors come into play, methodologically sound and holistic needs assessments are essential for informed decision making.
While the Coronavirus pandemic means that the Co-convenors of the workstream 3 (Increase the use and coordination of cash-based programming) were unable to hold the annual Grand Bargain cash workstream workshop in person this year, they were keen to keep u
Many of our staff have been affected directly or indirectly by manifestations of racism and racial discrimination. It is incumbent upon us to examine and address racism and racial discrimination within our own organizations and in the humanitarian sector, including by expanding diversity at all levels in our workplaces, and fostering more inclusive and diverse ways of working.
The NewYork Times
By Rick Gladstone
Sept. 5, 2020
The first famines of the coronavirus era could soon hit four chronically food-deprived conflict areas — Yemen, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo — the top humanitarian official of the United Nations has warned.