Dan Church Aid (DCA), in cooperation with the ACT Alliance and Joint Learning Initiative, comissioned a study to explore how do DCA’s local faith actor partners in South Sudan operationalize a Triple Nexus approach to humanitarian, development, and peace activities, and what barriers do they face.
The study concludes that local actors already regularly work across the humanitarian-development-peace silos in South Sudan addressing both acute and long term needs of communities simultaneously. However, local actors’ sustainability is eroded by the silos existing in the aid system and by lack of donor appetite for nexus in South Sudan. Due to faith actors’ long standing role as peace builders in South Sudan local faith actors add significant added value to addressing the “P” in the HDP nexus. The study calls for increased focus on capacity sharing (not one-way, top-down capacity building) where complementary capacities are valued and partners have equal roles with access to multi-year funding
Please see the full study and the literature review below.
The ECHO-funded Accelerating Localisation through Partnerships consortium, including Grand Bargain Signatories Christian Aid, CARE, Action Aid, CAFOD and Oxfam released a new paper Pathways to Localisation: A framework towards locally led humanitarian response in partnership-based action. It outlines 8 priority actions for partnership-based humanitarian action, and 5 actions for an enabling environment, for locally-led humanitarian action. The paper is informed by 400 humanitarian agencies – the majority of them local organisations – through research, piloting and the development of National Localisation Frameworks, in Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan.
The research, learning and findings from the Accelerating Localisation through Partnerships programme informed the development of national localisation frameworks with contributions from local and national actors and other humanitarian stakeholders including international NGOs, UN agencies, donors, Red Cross/Crescent societies, and relevant government authorities.
There are a number of priority actions and areas common across the four frameworks; many of which link closely to existing localisation commitments, frameworks, and indicators which are referenced. While the focus of Accelerating Localisation through Partnerships was partnership-based humanitarian action, the national localisation frameworks have gone beyond this. The key areas included in all four national localisation frameworks are outlined in the paper, along with objectives, priority actions, and potential indicators - please see the paper below.
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. On 19 September 2019, more than 50 attendees (58) participated in a full day of discussions that included presentations on two studies commissioned by the Co-conveners to frame discussions.
Over the course of this workshop, workshop attendees participated in breakout discussions on the following topics:
Donor representatives discussed the hard constraints, barriers, and opportunities for further progress to increasing multi-year funding and progressively reducing earmarking.
Separate breakout groups consisting of UN agencies, field representatives, NGOs, ICRC, and IFRC discussed the barriers for first-level recipients to passing on or cascading quality funding to implementing partners.
Three mixed breakout groups discussed: o Definitional issues in reporting multi-year and flexible funding; o The current status and workstream opportunities to advance multi-year planning; and o Opportunities to increase quality funding outside of the steps envisaged in the commitments.
Highlights of the breakout sessions and proposals for solutions and opportunities were discussed in plenary. The workshop report summarizes key themes, proposals, as well as outstanding gaps and challenges emerging from these discussions. The workstream co-conveners also provided additional commentary and a refinement of the proposed next steps.
Please find below:
Outcome report for the Progress Acceleration Workshop: Enhanced Quality Funding through Reduced Earmarking, Multi-Year Planning and Funding;
A background paper commissioned by NRC synthesising the latest available evidence on progress against the multi-year and unearmarked funding Grand Bargain commitments as well as on the impact of enhanced quality funding and multi-year planning in order to identify challenges, issues and opportunities;
Presentation from DI on the preliminary results of their global study on multi-year funding
Key messages on quality funding from IASC Results Groups 4 and 5