Please find below the priority action plan for workstream 7 & 8 (Increase collaborative humanitarian multi-year planning and funding and reduce the earmarking of donor contributions), finalized in November 2019.
For more information, don't hesitate to reach out to the Co-convenors (Canada, Sweden, OCHA, UNICEF, ICRC, NRC).
Dan Church Aid (DCA), in cooperation with the ACT Alliance and Joint Learning Initiative, comissioned a study to explore how do DCA’s local faith actor partners in South Sudan operationalize a Triple Nexus approach to humanitarian, development, and peace activities, and what barriers do they face.
The study concludes that local actors already regularly work across the humanitarian-development-peace silos in South Sudan addressing both acute and long term needs of communities simultaneously. However, local actors’ sustainability is eroded by the silos existing in the aid system and by lack of donor appetite for nexus in South Sudan. Due to faith actors’ long standing role as peace builders in South Sudan local faith actors add significant added value to addressing the “P” in the HDP nexus. The study calls for increased focus on capacity sharing (not one-way, top-down capacity building) where complementary capacities are valued and partners have equal roles with access to multi-year funding
Please see the full study and the literature review below.
The ECHO-funded Accelerating Localisation through Partnerships consortium, including Grand Bargain Signatories Christian Aid, CARE, Action Aid, CAFOD and Oxfam released a new paper Pathways to Localisation: A framework towards locally led humanitarian response in partnership-based action. It outlines 8 priority actions for partnership-based humanitarian action, and 5 actions for an enabling environment, for locally-led humanitarian action. The paper is informed by 400 humanitarian agencies – the majority of them local organisations – through research, piloting and the development of National Localisation Frameworks, in Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan.
The research, learning and findings from the Accelerating Localisation through Partnerships programme informed the development of national localisation frameworks with contributions from local and national actors and other humanitarian stakeholders including international NGOs, UN agencies, donors, Red Cross/Crescent societies, and relevant government authorities.
There are a number of priority actions and areas common across the four frameworks; many of which link closely to existing localisation commitments, frameworks, and indicators which are referenced. While the focus of Accelerating Localisation through Partnerships was partnership-based humanitarian action, the national localisation frameworks have gone beyond this. The key areas included in all four national localisation frameworks are outlined in the paper, along with objectives, priority actions, and potential indicators - please see the paper below.
Building on the recommendations made at the Grand Bargain Annual Meeting in June 2019, the co-conveners of the Enhanced Quality Funding workstream, Canada, UNICEF, Sweden, ICRC, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and UN OCHA, organised a one-day workshop in Geneva to agree on practical strategies and solutions in order to accelerate progress against the Grand Bargain multi-year and flexible funding commitments. On 19 September 2019, more than 50 attendees (58) participated in a full day of discussions that included presentations on two studies commissioned by the Co-conveners to frame discussions.
Over the course of this workshop, workshop attendees participated in breakout discussions on the following topics:
Donor representatives discussed the hard constraints, barriers, and opportunities for further progress to increasing multi-year funding and progressively reducing earmarking.
Separate breakout groups consisting of UN agencies, field representatives, NGOs, ICRC, and IFRC discussed the barriers for first-level recipients to passing on or cascading quality funding to implementing partners.
Three mixed breakout groups discussed: o Definitional issues in reporting multi-year and flexible funding; o The current status and workstream opportunities to advance multi-year planning; and o Opportunities to increase quality funding outside of the steps envisaged in the commitments.
Highlights of the breakout sessions and proposals for solutions and opportunities were discussed in plenary. The workshop report summarizes key themes, proposals, as well as outstanding gaps and challenges emerging from these discussions. The workstream co-conveners also provided additional commentary and a refinement of the proposed next steps.
Please find below:
Outcome report for the Progress Acceleration Workshop: Enhanced Quality Funding through Reduced Earmarking, Multi-Year Planning and Funding;
A background paper commissioned by NRC synthesising the latest available evidence on progress against the multi-year and unearmarked funding Grand Bargain commitments as well as on the impact of enhanced quality funding and multi-year planning in order to identify challenges, issues and opportunities;
Presentation from DI on the preliminary results of their global study on multi-year funding
Key messages on quality funding from IASC Results Groups 4 and 5
The Efficiency, Effectiveness and Value for Money Sub-Workstream is pleased to share the final output on Cost-Efficiency Analysis of Basic Needs Programs: Best Practice Guidance for Humanitarian Agencies. It has been nearly a year in the making and received input from a wide ranging body of technical experts. It is hoped that this guidance will form the foundational building blocks for how cost-efficiency analysis of humanitarian programs is done.
The Money Where it Counts protocol was presented at an event in Brussels on 25 September 2019 by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Humentum, with the support of the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) and the Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies (VOICE) Network. The event was attended by 65 participants representing six governmental donor agencies, three United Nations agencies, 40 NGOs, as well as the Red Cross and the Grand Bargain Secretariat. The event was also live streamed through an open link (no participants’ information was collected); two additional UN agencies and an NGO are confirmed to have joined the event online.
The protocol presented at the event is the result of four years of work by NRC, initially in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group and subsequently in partnership with Humentum. The design of the protocol was led by Humentum acting as an independent broker of an agreement among nine NGOs (NRC, ACF Spain, CARE, DRC, Humanity and Inclusion, Oxfam GB, Save the Children International and UK, Welthungerhilfe). Over the course of several months since the last quarter of 2018, Humentum analysed each participating NGO’s cost structure and cost charging methodology to design an intensely practical solution for harmonisation, which required compromises for every participating NGO and is applicable well beyond the initial group.
"The Money Where It Counts Protocol sets out a new, harmonised and simplified approach to cost classification, cost charging and financial reporting for international funding of not-for-profit agencies. It is a collaborative initiative between not-for-profit agencies working internationally, which have come together to make these proposals. The complexity and cost of the current approach to cost classification, cost charging and financial reporting is unsustainable given the growing humanitarian financing gap. By signing up to this Protocol donors and not-for-profit agencies will make the delivery of humanitarian aid and development more efficient and fit for purpose."
At the time of the event, six of the nine NGOs involved already endorsed the protocol, with the remainder (ACF Spain, DRC, Oxfam GB) currently assessing the changes necessary before making a decision.
In line with the next steps outlined during the presentation, NRC and Humentum will focus on mobilizing resources through bilateral advocacy efforts to initiate a pilot project. Meanwhile, interactions with potential endorsers of the protocol will continue and intensify in preparation of the need to identify a core group of donors and implementing agencies to participate in the pilot project. Donors, UN Agencies, and NGOs interested in resourcing, endorsing, or participating in a pilot project were invited to get in touch with the NRC focal point Luca Peciarolo or NRC Geneva Poliyc team.
Please find below the full summary, including the main highlights, list of participants, the agenda, and the recording of the event.
Organised by the World Bank Group and the Netherlands as the Co-conveners of the transparency workstream together with Development Initiatives (DI), the second Grand Bargain transparency workshop was held on 14 May 2019 at the Centre for Humanitarian Data in the Hague. Over 50 participants attended the workshop, representing government donors, multi-lateral agencies, aid organisations and academic institutes. The meeting built on the outcomes of the 2018 Transparency workshop which identified three key priorities for the workstream and four criteria for determining success, based on the transparency commitments.
The workshop in the Hague brought together colleagues working on transparency, information sharing and data at both technical and policy levels within Grand Bargain Signatory organisations as well as the broader humanitarian and open-data communities in order to:
Review overall progress in implementing the Grand Bargain transparency commitments and discuss the workstream’s planned activities and next steps;
Share learning and good practice on how data might be or is being used, including data responsibility in humanitarian action; and
Begin developing a sustainable vision for humanitarian transparency beyond the Grand Bargain.
The workshop was preceded by a technical pre-meeting on 13 May 2019 that captured learning from the FTS-IATI pilot, which is supporting several Grand Bargain signatory organisations in reporting their funding to OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS) using IATI data and explored what organisations can do to publish better data.
Please find the key takeaways, outcomes, and next steps below.