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 Bimonthly updates - January 2020: This newsletter includes updates on localization, harmonizing and simplifying reporting, field perspectives on multi-year humanitarian funding and planning, participation revolution workplan, advancing needs assessment and analysis and taking it to the field, and reducing duplication of management costs. Seeing many examples of the Grand Bargain implementation in practice, which we included below, makes us optimistic that in 2021 we'll be able to showcase our collective success stories. Click here to read the newsletter.
Successes and next steps for workstream 9 (Harmonize and simplify reporting requirements): Click here to see the full 1-pager.
Enhancing Quality Funding: WFP Reflection Paper: As committed at the Grand Bargain Annual Meeting on 27 June 2019, WFP is pleased to share their management insights on quality funding. While their reflections and benchmarks are agency specific, they indicate a pathway that other agencies could consider recognising that the current impasse between donor and agency Grand Bargain Signatories needs a more nuanced understanding of the realities, barriers and opportunities to improve the funding of the humanitarian system. Click here to read the full paper.
Global Consultation outcome report: From words to action – Promoting gender equality and transformative action through the Grand Bargain
The Grand Bargain Bimonthly updates - January 2020
Workstream 9 (Harmonize and simplify reporting): Successes and next steps, January 2020
Update from UNICEF: Localization - Key to better protecting children in emergencies, January 2020
Workstream 5 (Improve joint and impartial needs assessments): January 2020 Update
“In line with the Grand Bargain, the European Union remains committed to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian action. In this sense, the European Commission Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) is launching pilot Programmatic Partnerships with several international non-governmental organisations. In the spirit of the Grand Bargain, we aim to provide more aid directly to beneficiaries by offering more predictable and flexible funding and reduced administrative burden in exchange for enhanced efficiency and transparency.”
Quote of the week, 10 February 2020, Author: Ms. Paraskevi Michou, Director-General of Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), European Commission
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.
Dutch Relief Alliance boosts support for local and national responders
Striving to implement their Grand Bargain commitment to provide more support and funding tools for local and national responders, the Dutch Relief Alliance members assisted local organizations in directly accessing funding for their programmes, and strengthening capacity in DR Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan.
FAO's implementation at country level
The Grand Bargain is delivering positive change at both headquarters and country/field level, which is ultimately benefiting people affected by humanitarian crises. Examples of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) implementing their Grand Bargain commitments at country level in 2018 include a complementary approach that bridges humanitarian and development objectives, shrinking needs and reducing costs by early actions in agriculture, and providing more support to local partners in Afghanistan.
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.