This is the official website of the Grand Bargain, a unique agreement between some of the largest donors and humanitarian organisations who have committed to get more means into the hands of people in need and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian action.
While the Grand Bargain is a separate and independent process from the IASC, the official website is hosted by the IASC structure, and maintained by the Grand Bargain Secretariat.
The Grand Bargain Annual Independent Report 2020: This fourth annual independent report assesses the collective progress made by signatories against the commitments under the Grand Bargain during 2019. Four years into the process, this report finds that the Grand Bargain is having a wider impact in terms of a more cohesive, collaborative approach across the international humanitarian aid sector – crucial to help drive forward reforms of the whole humanitarian system. However, this report also finds a continuing failure to address the long-standing challenges that have inhibited positive change. As the Grand Bargain enters its final year, the report recommends four key areas of action that will be vital for lasting change. Click here to read the full report.
The Grand Bargain Bimonthly updates - May 2020: This newsletter includes useful documents from the cash workstream to reflect what is being done in response to COVID-19, an overview of successes so far and next steps for workstream on Enhancing Quality Funding, and two stories with examples how the Grand Bargain is being implemented at country level. Click here to read the newsletter.
The Grand Bargain and COVID-19: Effective and efficient humanitarian response needed more than ever: Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, the humanitarian community has been responding to the rapidly evolving needs. As a result, donors, UN agencies, Red Cross/Red Crescent movement and NGOs have been adapting their response to make it more effective and efficient. We can only address crises such as COVID-19 by accelerating the Grand Bargain commitments in the spirit of quid pro quo. Click here to read the 1-pager and specific examples of adaptation.
Grand Bargain Cash Workstream Webinar Week - 20-24 July 2020
The Added Value of Flexible Funding to the ICRC - June 2020
Quality funding: How to reach critical mass - June 2020
UNICEF Internal Assessment On Cascading Quality Funding to Implementing Partners
Supporting Grand Bargain signatories in meeting commitments to greater transparency
“It is evident that the Grand Bargain is having a wider impact in terms of a more cohesive, collaborative approach across the international humanitarian aid sector – a crucial element in helping drive forward reforms of the whole humanitarian system.”
Quote of the week, 6 July 2020, Grand Bargain Annual Independent Report 2020
As part of the preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in 2016, the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing sought solutions to close the humanitarian financing gap. Their report made recommendations to shrink the needs, deepen and broaden the resource base for humanitarian action, and to improve delivery. In relation to the latter recommendation, the report suggested “a Grand Bargain between the big donors and humanitarian organisations in humanitarian aid”. The Grand Bargain, launched during the WHS in Istanbul in May 2016, is a unique agreement between some of the largest donors and humanitarian organisations who have committed to get more means into the hands of people in need and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian action. Currently 61 signatories (24 Member States, 21 NGOs, 12 UN agencies, two Red Cross movements, and two inter-governmental organisations) are working across nine workstreams to implement the commitments.
UNFPA’s Humanitarian Action Thematic Fund (HTF) shows that flexible, predictable and multi-year funding reduces transaction costs, and enables a comprehensive response to people in humanitarian settings.
As part of its Grand Bargain commitment and approach to ensure people and communities affected by crises influence humanitarian responses, IFRC has been championing its real-time community feedback mechanism during the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They gathered more than half a million individual insights (ranging from feedback, rumours, concerns and misconceptions) from affected people in less than two years – and acted upon them.
Hover and click anywhere on the map to find out examples of the Grand Bargain implementation. This is not an exhaustive list of examples - for further information, please see the Grand Bargain Annual Independent Report 2019.
The Grand Bargain Secretariat is supported by the governments of Sweden and the United States, and hosted by the Norwegian Refugee Council/NORCAP.