The Grand Bargain Facilitation Group (FG) and EP Sherpas met on 11 May 2022 in Berlin to discuss strategic and substantial questions around medium- and long-term objectives, and to shape up the short-term plans based on a strategic work plan for the remaining 12 months, including the agenda and structure of the 2022 Annual Meeting. Particularly, with inputs by ODI at the retreat, the Sherpas discussed how to advance quality funding, localisation, and participation. Some of the planned outcomes will be presented at the Annual Meeting, which will also be an opportunity to agree on how we will achieve the outcomes, and what we need to achieve them.
NEAR has been working to launch the first National Reference Groups (NRGs) pilots in numerous country contexts. Announcements on these will be made closer to the Annual Meeting. Workstream two (More support and funding tools for local and national responders) has launched a new sub-group on country-level action that will support the NRGs, co-chaired by NEAR and IFRC.
The Facilitation Group and EP office will meet the workstream Co-convenors and caucus champions at the end of May 2022 (today), to exchange information on the achievements and planned next steps, in order to ensure that clear deliverables are identified and achieved by July 2023. Last but not least, the meeting should deliver concrete actions to strengthen synergies between the workstreams and both existing and upcoming caucuses until June 2023.
The Facilitation Group has also been working on the agenda for the Grand Bargain Annual Meeting, which will be shared with the Signatories in early June.