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 - 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.
Majority of Annual Meeting 2019 action points completed or ongoing (February 2020 update): At the Grand Bargain Annual Meeting 2019 in June in Geneva, the Signatories put forward 63 collective and individual action points to advance the Grand Bargain progress. Until February 2020, 76% of those action points were reported as completed or ongoing. This demonstrates a significant level of engagement and commitment of the Signatories and workstreams. Please see here a 1-pager illustrating this overview.
“I know many of you share the same desire to see not just a better humanitarian system, but more importantly better outcomes for people who are caught in some of the worst circumstances, merely because they were born in a different place, under different circumstances – not by any choice of their own. We are no better than them if not for that. If improving our systems and approaches helps us achieve our goals, then let’s start by investing in building trust, doing and delivering what we say, with humility and perseverance, to the very people who deserve that trust – the local populations.”
Quote of the week, 24 February 2020, Author: Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Under-Secretary General for Partnerships, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in her speech to Fordham University
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.