Quality Funding Package
IASC Results Group 5 on Humanitarian Financing has published several products developed in support of its priority workstream of building a business case to demonstrate the contribution of quality (multi-year, flexible and unearmarked) funding as a key enabler of more efficient and cost-effective humanitarian response. The work contributed to and was developed in collaboration with the Grand Bargain workstreams 7 (Increase collaborative humanitarian multi-year planning and funding) and 8 (Reduce the earmarking of donor contributions).
A primary background document for the Grand Bargain Workstream 7 and 8 Multi-Stakeholder Accelerator Workshop in September 2019, analysing the barriers to increasing the provision and programming of quality funding.
NRC and Development Initiatives, Field perspectives on multi-year humanitarian funding and planning: How theory has translated into practice in Jordan and Lebanon, September 2019.
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.
Recommendations to overcome identified barriers to quality funding and adapt humanitarian systems to absorb quality funding, cascading its benefits to implementing partners and facilitating a transition from humanitarian to development response.