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.
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.
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.