This study contributes to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) humanitarian financing priorities of improving “aid effectiveness through more effective humanitariandevelopment funding flows and mechanisms”. It has two goals: to document the extent to which predictable, multi-year flexible financing is available at the programme level; and to understand the extent to which funding matches Collective Outcomes or the financial requirements of interoperable humanitarian and development plans.
The findings draw on evidence gathered on five research missions to Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Ukraine between November 2018 and March 2019. The study also includes reference to a complementary study carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Uganda in 2018.
There is significant political support and goodwill across all levels of the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding constituencies towards the aspiration to work more collaboratively to reduce needs and vulnerability during and after crises. How “the nexus” will work in practice however, remains far from clear. Funding and financing tools, instruments, policies and approaches have not yet had time to adapt to this new policy agenda and findings on the current status of financing across the nexus represent the baseline. This is an opportune moment, therefore, to consider the strategic role financing should play, not just as a source of funding for projects and programmes, but rather as tool to enable and incentivise behaviour and outcomes across the nexus.
The third Grand Bargain Cash Workstream workshop was held at WFP Headquarters in Rome on 16-17 May 2019, hosted by WFP and DFID. Over 85 participants attended the workshop, representing 60 donor and humanitarian organisations and multilateral agencies, and including representatives from the global clusters, research institutes and specialist agencies and organisations.
The workshop focused on the progress made to date on delivering against the Grand Bargain commitments, and ensuring the group is on track to deliver against these commitments going forward. Participants were also updated by co-leads of the cash sub-work streams, which cover ‘cost-efficiency, cost-effectiveness in humanitarian assistance and value for money (CE2HA)’, ‘social protection and humanitarian cash’, ‘joint donor efforts’, ‘cash and gender’, ‘cash and risks’, and ‘tracking cash and vouchers’. Participants were also updated by co-leads of the cash sub-work streams. The workshop concluded with sessions on determining priority action areas for the work stream going forward.
In September 2018, a series of powerful earthquakes struck the Central Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. In partnership with local women and women-led organisations, ActionAid undertook a qualitative feminist research study to understand, within the unique parameters of the Central Sulawesi response, the challenges and opportunities for women-led localisation. Drawing on an initial analysis of data, this Preliminary Research Summary provides an overview of early findings and potential recommendations to the Indonesian government and other Grand Bargain signatories.