This is a 1-pager highlighting some of the successes and next steps for workstream 9 (Harmonize and simplify reporting requirements). For further information, don't hesitate to contact the Secretariat.
The number and needs of children living through humanitarian crises today are vast. In early December 2019, UNICEF launched its 2020 emergency appeal for US$4.2 billion to reach 59 million children with humanitarian assistance across 64 countries.
Advancing Needs Assessment and Analysis Through the Grand Bargain
In an effort to enhance confidence in the quality of humanitarian needs assessments, with the assistance of an external consultant, the workstream developed in late 2018 and early 2019 a set of criteria against which to assess the quality of multisectoral needs assessments. Similar criteria were also developed for Humanitarian Needs Overviews (HNOs) which are being revised to reflect the enhancements made to the 2020 Humanitaria
One of “the reduce management costs” workstream commitments of the Grand Bargain is to decrease the costs of delivering assistance with the use of technology and innovation (commitment 4.1). Reducing management costs will increase the portion of funding used for the direct benefit of affected people. There are various ways to do so, including with mobile technology for needs assessments/post distribution monitoring; digital platforms/mobile devices for financial transactions; communication with affected population via call centers/SMS; sustainable energy and biometrics.
Please see below an update from NRC on their efforts in the Grand Bargain (January 2020).
In the framework of our engagement as Co-convener of the workstream on Quality Funding, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) continued to promote better understanding of the impact of predictable funding.
In the period 2018-2019 FAO’s Emergency and Resilience Division (PSE) supported the delivery of six simulation based training on emergency preparedness and response covering 38 FAO Country offices, 3 Regional Offices and 2 Subregional offices in Asia, Near East and North Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa.
Building on the extensive work of ActionAid and others, this research evidences, and advocates for, an approach to localisation which prioritises the leadership of local women and women-led organisations who have been overlooked, undervalued and under resourced in humanitarian response to date.
The Charter for Change held its annual meeting in Copenhagen on 10-11 December 2019 that gathered 31 local/national NGOs from crisis-affected contexts and 25 international NGOs. The meeting produced a communiqué calling on the Grand Bargain Facilitation Group to put localisation as one of the key themes on the agenda for the GB annual meeting in June 2020. The Charter for Change sets out in the communiqué key ideas for moving the GB localisation agenda forward, including:
Reinforcing Change, Empowering Champions
Workstream 6 Co-conveners have finalized a 2019-2020 workplan in consultation with key workstream members and outside experts. The workplan is organized under four pillars of work: