Advancing Needs Assessment and Analysis Through the Grand Bargain
In an effort to enhance confidence in the quality of humanitarian needs assessments, with the assistance of an external consultant, the workstream developed in late 2018 and early 2019 a set of criteria against which to assess the quality of multisectoral needs assessments. Similar criteria were also developed for Humanitarian Needs Overviews (HNOs) which are being revised to reflect the enhancements made to the 2020 Humanitaria
One of “the reduce management costs” workstream commitments of the Grand Bargain is to decrease the costs of delivering assistance with the use of technology and innovation (commitment 4.1). Reducing management costs will increase the portion of funding used for the direct benefit of affected people. There are various ways to do so, including with mobile technology for needs assessments/post distribution monitoring; digital platforms/mobile devices for financial transactions; communication with affected population via call centers/SMS; sustainable energy and biometrics.
Please see below an update from NRC on their efforts in the Grand Bargain (January 2020).
In the framework of our engagement as Co-convener of the workstream on Quality Funding, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) continued to promote better understanding of the impact of predictable funding.
In the period 2018-2019 FAO’s Emergency and Resilience Division (PSE) supported the delivery of six simulation based training on emergency preparedness and response covering 38 FAO Country offices, 3 Regional Offices and 2 Subregional offices in Asia, Near East and North Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa.
Building on the extensive work of ActionAid and others, this research evidences, and advocates for, an approach to localisation which prioritises the leadership of local women and women-led organisations who have been overlooked, undervalued and under resourced in humanitarian response to date.
The Charter for Change held its annual meeting in Copenhagen on 10-11 December 2019 that gathered 31 local/national NGOs from crisis-affected contexts and 25 international NGOs. The meeting produced a communiqué calling on the Grand Bargain Facilitation Group to put localisation as one of the key themes on the agenda for the GB annual meeting in June 2020. The Charter for Change sets out in the communiqué key ideas for moving the GB localisation agenda forward, including:
Reinforcing Change, Empowering Champions
Workstream 6 Co-conveners have finalized a 2019-2020 workplan in consultation with key workstream members and outside experts. The workplan is organized under four pillars of work:
These are a few examples of implementation of the Grand Bargain commitments by the Signatories at country level in 2018. The examples have been extracted from the Grand Bargain Annual Independent Report 2019 and are not exhaustive.
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.
UNHCR hosted and organized the webinar ‘What is the UN Business Innovations Group (BIG) in the Grand Bargain to reduce management cost?’ on November 26th, 2019.
Please see the recording here, and the summary note and the presentation below.
Please see below the roadmap drafted by the Eminent Person's office, the Grand Bargain Facilitation Group and the Grand Bargain Secretariat to visualize the identified collective and individual action points from the Annual Meeting in June 2019 in Geneva (collective action points are available in the Outcome document). This roadmap attemps to compile and visualize existing Annual Meeting 2019 action points, the Grand Bargain commitments, and the indicators agreed in 2018.
The development of a Joint Intersectoral Analysis Framework (JIAF) is one of the key activities of the Grand Bargain on Needs Assessments (GBNA). The JIAF aims at contributing to the achievement of several of the GBNA commitments, particularly the commitment of conducting a holistic and intersectoral analysis of people’s needs, the causes of these needs and their severity, vulnerability, capacities and risks.
As we start our tenure as the Facilitation Group 2019-2020, we wanted to share with you some of our upcoming plans and priorities for our collective efforts for a more efficient and effective humanitarian system. First of all, we would like to inform you that the deadline for the submission of self-reports will be 14 February 2020. We will communicate the details as soon as they are available.
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 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