IASC Results Group 5 on Humanitarian Financing, Field perspectives on multi-year humanitarian funding and planning: How theory has translated into practice in Jordan and Lebanon, September 2019 - Working draft led by NRC and Development Initiatives

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A study on Field Perspectives on Multi-Year Humanitarian Funding and Planning: How Theory has Translated into Practice in Jordan and Lebanon. The overall proportion of multi-year humanitarian funding in Lebanon and Jordan was found to be insufficient to transform the humanitarian response. The limited capacity by downstream partners to absorb long-term funding and restrictions on the original grant were identified as other key obstacles to making multi-year sub-grants available. The perceived efficiency gains through the provision of quality funding in both contexts were through lower administrative burdens of grant management and implementers’ higher staff retention – which resulted in improved internal capacity building. Other effectiveness gains unlocked by quality – in particular flexible – funding included a continued presence and program adaptability, resulting in greater trust with affected populations, and better baselines through a longer start-up phase. In more stable crisis contexts, it provided an opportunity to facilitate a transition from humanitarian to development response.