Quality funding is a fundamental enabler of many aspects of the Grand Bargain, including localisation, participation, working across the nexus, and enhanced efficiency and effectiveness (ODI, 2019; ODI, 2020).
The Grand Bargain calls for aid organisations and donors to increase multi-year humanitarian planning and funding. However, the extent to which progress is being made remains unclear. Existing data sources – including the Grand Bargain self-reporting process, the Financial Tracking Service (FTS) of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and independent research – do not currently provide a clear picture of the quantity of multi-year funding passing through the humanitarian system.
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.
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).
Building on the recommendations made at the Grand Bargain Annual Meeting in June 2019, the co-conveners of the Enhanced Quality Funding workstream, Canada, UNICEF, Sweden, ICRC, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and UN OCHA, organised a one-day workshop in Geneva to agree on practical strategies and solutions in order to accelerate progress against the Grand Bargain multi-year and flexible funding commitments.
Do you know of any existing studies on quality funding or multi-year planning? Any initiatives in the works? We invite you to share!Dear Signatories,During the Grand Bargain Annual Meeting, one of the main topics of discussion was how to address the barriers to increasing quality funding and planning.For the Enhanced Quality Funding Workstream (WS 7+8), one way to advance this issue is to increase the evidence base on unearmarked funding and multi-year planning and funding.