One of the commitments under the “Reduce duplication and management costs” Grand Bargain workstream is to “reduce duplication of managements and other costs through maximising efficiencies in procurement and logistics for commonly required goods and services”. UNHCR, co-convener of the workstream is working with WFP to deliver on this commitment. When the UN family spends annually USD 18 billion in procurement of goods and services, the savings it generates could amount to hundreds of millions. UNHCR and WFP are leveraging this UN reform opportunity to deliver on the Bussiness Innovation Group (BIG) targets.
In the fall of 2018, the BIG established a dedicated inter-agency Project Team made up of staff from UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP and WFP to design and pilot methodologies to deliver the Secretary-General’s targets set by his December 2017 report (A/72/684). The BIG targets and enablers interconnect and provide the framework and performance requirements that involved partners attempt to achieve in advancing common business operations.
In particular, the enablers aim at providing the foundation to create a field of transparency and accountability for service providers and recipients, the building blocks for enhanced programme delivery under the SDGs.
Please find below an update on the progress to achieve the BIG targets.
Following the conclusion of the pilot phase of the harmonized reporting template, the 8+3 template has been finalized. The feedback from pilot participants was reviewed and some of the elements of the template were adjusted slightly to improve the usability of the template and the clarity of language.
The findings of the final review confirmed that most users view the 8+3 template as a significant improvement compared to existing individual donor templates. The review process underlined that the 8+3 template represents a useful tool to reduce the reporting burden for partners, while providing the necessary information for donors.
At the Annual Meeting of the Grand Bargain, the 8+3 harmonized narrative template was highlighted by the Eminent Person as a success of the Grand Bargain that can now be scaled up. Adopting the finalized template represents a crucial opportunity for Signatories to implement their own individual GB commitments to harmonize and simplify reporting requirements, but also offers an opportunity to achieve collective progress regarding system-wide harmonization. The more donors adopt the 8+3 template as a standard, the greater the benefit of harmonization of the 8+3 template, reducing the reporting burden across the humanitarian system. Some donors and UN agencies have committed to do so already, but more Signatories need to adopt the template in order to achieve the collective progress that the Grand Bargain intends to achieve.
The Co-Conveners of Workstream 9, Germany and ICVA, as well as GPPi remain available to give guidance to Signatories interested in adopting the template.
NRC and Humentum are pleased to invite you to the launch event of:
Money Where it Counts
A protocol for harmonised cost classification and financial budgeting and reporting
The event takes place in Brussels on 25 September hosted by ECHO and supported by VOICE.
The purpose of the Money Where It Counts protocol is to introduce sector-wide improvements and harmonisation in cost classification and charging, as well as financial budgeting and reporting. The event is the culmination of a four-year project, and its purpose is not only to present the protocol, but to seek endorsement, buy-in, and support for the next phase of the initiative, for which we envision the creation of a pilot project.
More details can be found in the invitation enclosed. Documents relating to the initiative, as well as the protocol itself, will be shared with registered participants ahead of the event.
RSVP for the event can be done at this LINK by 6 September.
This review report details the results of the ‘Harmonizing Reporting Pilot’ and the experience of donors and partners with the harmonized reporting template, also called ‘8+3 template’. Piloting the harmonized reporting template for the last two years showed that most users view the new template as a significant improvement over existing donor templates, because it simplifies and standardizes the narrative reporting process considerably. As such, the new harmonized reporting template is an important building block in achieving the Grand Bargain commitment to “simplify and harmonize reporting requirements.“
Please find below the final review of the pilot, the latest version of the 8+3 template and the guidance on using the new harmonized template.
In 2016, the Grand Bargain gave momentum to a joint NGO effort to advance our global commitments on cash-based humanitarian assistance. The outcome of that effort was the creation of the Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) Network. With the Grand Bargain entering its fourth year, the NGO community has reflected on how we can program higher quality assistance more quickly, effectively and inclusive of the inputs of people affected by crises. The Grand Bargain commitments provide a framework for us to have this conversation.
As a result, the CCD defined a set of joint actions directly linked to complementary Grand Bargain commitment areas. The attached agreement, signed by 15 leading NGOs of the CCD, outlines these collaborative actions. In the coming year, our efforts will extend beyond our goals to scale up cash assistance. They will leverage our diverse capabilities and expertise, because it is through this shared effort that we accelerate efficiency and impact.
The CCD Network will focus on the following critical areas:
Increase joined up analysis for cash and voucher response in 10 countries, including through complementary assessments
Work to streamline management costs where possible in 10 countries through centralized capabilities and shared capacities
Advance efforts to reduce reporting burdens through simplified and harmonized approaches, recognizing especially that successful localized response must first be underpinned by quality local partnerships
Invest in transparency to improve trust in partnerships and accountability to affected people through common data sharing frameworks and decision-insight tools
We acknowledge the unique strengths and strategic priorities each NGO brings to this collaboration. As we look ahead to the coming year of the Grand Bargain, we will undertake these efforts building on the belief that joining up our operational capabilities where relevant will confer long-term advantages for the people we aim to reach in humanitarian crises worldwide.
As part of the Grand Bargain Needs Assessments workstream, ECHO and OCHA in collaboration with the World Bank convened a Workshop on 21-22 May 2019 with the workstream partners to discuss experiences with joint humanitarian-development-peace needs assessments and analysis, identify factors enabling success, challenges, and steps that could be taken to strengthen joint analysis. Please find below:
Joint Humanitarian Development Analysis Workshop 19-20 May 2019 Summary Report
Key Messages for Senior Management on Joint Humanitarian Development Analysis