This review details the experiences with and results of the “Harmonizing Reporting Pilot” up to its mid-point. The Harmonizing Reporting Pilot is an international reform pilot which seeks to simplify the reporting of humanitarian activities by testing a standardized template. Supported by 12 donors and 23 partners across three pilot countries (Iraq, Myanmar and Somalia), it is the first time such a system-wide reform takes place.
As one of the 10 workstreams of the Grand Bargain initiative, donors and aid organizations committed to harmonize and simplify reporting requirements by the end of 2018. Specific commitments include reducing volume, identifying core requirements, developing a common report structure, and investing in technology and reporting systems. In order to work toward achieving these commitments, a select group of donors, UN agencies, and humanitarian organizations have committed to pilot a common reporting framework over a two-year period.