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.
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.
Join an online presentation by the UN Business Innovations Group (BIG) inter-agency team, on business operations strategy, common back offices, and premises, and the global shared service centre.
Dominic Grace, BIG Team Leader
We will be using WebEx Meeting Center. Please follow the instructions to join.
Meeting number (access code): 706 653 582
Meeting password: BIG@26Nov19
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
One of the commitments under the “Reduce duplication and management costs” Grand Bargain workstream is to “reduce duplication of managements and other costs through maximising efficiencies in procurement and logistics for commonly required goods and services”. UNHCR, co-convener of the workstream is working with WFP to deliver on this commitment. When the UN family spends annually USD 18 billion in procurement of goods and services, the savings it generates could amount to hundreds of millions.
NRC and Humentum are pleased to invite you to the launch event of:Money Where it CountsA protocol for harmonised cost classification and financial budgeting and reportingThe event takes place in Brussels on 25 September hosted by ECHO and supported by VOICE.