This page aims at informing on the main activities and progress made under each Grand Bargain work stream. Each of them is driven by its two co-conveners (one donor representative and one implementing agency representative) – supported by an NGO-co-champion.
Please click on each work stream webpage to find out why and how to engage in the implementation as well as related events, reports and initiatives.
For official documents and background information on the Grand Bargain, please visit the IASC Grand Bargain official page: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/grand-bargain-hosted-iasc
Evidence available for 2017 indicates that there has been very good progress against commitment 1.1, which the workstream consciously decided to focus on at an early stage. More and more signatories are publishing open data on their humanitarian financing. But there remain some differences of opinion on the IATI standard and there has been less progress on the political or policy issues that are required to drive systemic change.
One of the most prominent and important messages emerging from WHS was that if more capacity, power, respect, resources, space and voice is given to national and local actors within the humanitarian system, we can improve the results and services delivered to the people in needs. The workstream has tried to coordinate a series of relevant research initiatives on this agenda to ensure that we are all on the same page, maximise coherence and minimise duplication.
There has been important progress under this workstream, with reported increases in the use of cash programming, and significant efforts have been made by the co-conveners and participating signatories to capitalise on other processes. Differences remain over how to track cash programming, and there was limited progress on operational coordination.
Reduce duplication and management costs with periodic functional reviews has had promising steps, especially due to NGO-led initiatives, on the harmonization of partnership agreements, joint logistic and procurement procedures and transparent and comparable cost structures.
The Grand Bargain Commitments on Needs Assessments are a mix of assessment outputs (e.g. comprehensive and cross-sectoral), methods and resources to assessments (e.g. transparent, collaborative, shared data, with adequate capacities and independent reviews), and components of assessments (e.g. risks and vulnerability analysis). Through a series of workshops, participants identified a set of priority issues and associated activities. While to date, work has primarily been conceptual in nature, it is envisaged that this work will be more field focused in the latter half of 2018.
We need to include the people affected by humanitarian crises and their communities in our decisions to be certain that the humanitarian response is relevant, timely, effective and efficient. Donors and aid organisations should work to ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable groups considering gender, age, ethnicity, language and special needs are heard and acted upon.
Increase collaborative humanitarian multi-year planning and funding is one of the workstreams that progressed significantly and positively in the past two years, especially in documenting the impact of multi-year, collaborative and flexible planning and multi-year funding instruments.
In 2017 important progress was made by the workstream on agreeing a baseline for measuring progress; identifying shared needs and concerns between donors and aid organisations; and understanding different interpretations of what counts as ‘flexible’ funding and where it occurs in the funding chain
Following an initial stakeholder workshop in November 2016, a decision was made to move forward with a pilot project to test a harmonized donor narrative reporting framework. The two-year pilot was officially launched in June 2017, to run through June 2019.
Since March 2018, the Humanitarian and Development nexus work stream is officially closed. However, some actions are still taking place at a different level and through different processes.