In May 2016, in Istanbul, the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) gathered 2500 humanitarian workers, representatives of governments and other relevant humanitarian stakeholders. Against the backdrop of the highest levels of humanitarian needs ever and global funding for humanitarian aid, the WHS sought to generate increased engagement from all relevant actors and to improve the humanitarian response worldwide. Many stakeholders including members of states committed to an impressive amount of commitments under a large number of issues. ( all WHS commitments can be seen on the platform Agenda for Humanity here).
In parallel to the WHS process, the High-Level Panel on humanitarian funding (HLP) released its report Too important to fail in January 2016 articulating three areas of work to close the increasing gap between humanitarian needs and funding. It suggests working on reducing needs through improved political interventions, increasing the funding basis and outreach to new donors and proposes the so-called Grand Bargain aiming at improving efficiency in aid delivery. In only four months of extensive work, the 15 largest aid donors and main operational actors (UN agencies and NGO networks that are members of the IASC) translated the HLP recommendations into a final set of commitments that were presented at the World Humanitarian Summit as the 10 workstreams of the Grand Bargain.