This review report details the results of the ‘Harmonizing Reporting Pilot’ and the experience of donors and partners with the harmonized reporting template, also called ‘8+3 template’. Piloting the harmonized reporting template for the last two years showed that most users view the new template as a significant improvement over existing donor templates, because it simplifies and standardizes the narrative reporting process considerably. As such, the new harmonized reporting template is an important building block in achieving the Grand Bargain commitment to “simplify and harmonize reporting requirements.“
Please find below the final review of the pilot, the latest version of the 8+3 template and the guidance on using the new harmonized template.
In 2016, the Grand Bargain gave momentum to a joint NGO effort to advance our global commitments on cash-based humanitarian assistance. The outcome of that effort was the creation of the Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) Network. With the Grand Bargain entering its fourth year, the NGO community has reflected on how we can program higher quality assistance more quickly, effectively and inclusive of the inputs of people affected by crises. The Grand Bargain commitments provide a framework for us to have this conversation.
As a result, the CCD defined a set of joint actions directly linked to complementary Grand Bargain commitment areas. The attached agreement, signed by 15 leading NGOs of the CCD, outlines these collaborative actions. In the coming year, our efforts will extend beyond our goals to scale up cash assistance. They will leverage our diverse capabilities and expertise, because it is through this shared effort that we accelerate efficiency and impact.
The CCD Network will focus on the following critical areas:
Increase joined up analysis for cash and voucher response in 10 countries, including through complementary assessments
Work to streamline management costs where possible in 10 countries through centralized capabilities and shared capacities
Advance efforts to reduce reporting burdens through simplified and harmonized approaches, recognizing especially that successful localized response must first be underpinned by quality local partnerships
Invest in transparency to improve trust in partnerships and accountability to affected people through common data sharing frameworks and decision-insight tools
We acknowledge the unique strengths and strategic priorities each NGO brings to this collaboration. As we look ahead to the coming year of the Grand Bargain, we will undertake these efforts building on the belief that joining up our operational capabilities where relevant will confer long-term advantages for the people we aim to reach in humanitarian crises worldwide.
As part of the Grand Bargain Needs Assessments workstream, ECHO and OCHA in collaboration with the World Bank convened a Workshop on 21-22 May 2019 with the workstream partners to discuss experiences with joint humanitarian-development-peace needs assessments and analysis, identify factors enabling success, challenges, and steps that could be taken to strengthen joint analysis. Please find below:
Joint Humanitarian Development Analysis Workshop 19-20 May 2019 Summary Report
Key Messages for Senior Management on Joint Humanitarian Development Analysis
The third Grand Bargain Cash Workstream workshop was held at WFP Headquarters in Rome on 16-17 May 2019, hosted by WFP and DFID. Over 85 participants attended the workshop, representing 60 donor and humanitarian organisations and multilateral agencies, and including representatives from the global clusters, research institutes and specialist agencies and organisations.
The workshop focused on the progress made to date on delivering against the Grand Bargain commitments, and ensuring the group is on track to deliver against these commitments going forward. Participants were also updated by co-leads of the cash sub-work streams, which cover ‘cost-efficiency, cost-effectiveness in humanitarian assistance and value for money (CE2HA)’, ‘social protection and humanitarian cash’, ‘joint donor efforts’, ‘cash and gender’, ‘cash and risks’, and ‘tracking cash and vouchers’. Participants were also updated by co-leads of the cash sub-work streams. The workshop concluded with sessions on determining priority action areas for the work stream going forward.