Fostering NGO's and frontline responders' engagement


The 10 Grand Bargain workstreams

Greater Transparency
More support and funding tools to local and national responders
Increase the use and coordination of cash-based programming
Reduce Duplication and Management costs with periodic functional reviews
Improve Joint and Impartial Needs Assessments
A Participation Revolution: include people receiving aid in making the decisions which affect their lives
Increase collaborative humanitarian multi-year planning and funding
Reduce the earmarking of donor contributions
Harmonize and simplify reporting requirements
Enhance engagement between humanitarian and development actors

A Participation Revolution: include people receiving aid in making the decisions which affect their lives

Aid organisations and donors commit to:

  1. Improve leadership and governance mechanisms at the level of the humanitarian country team and cluster/sector mechanisms to ensure engagement with and accountability to people and communities affected by crises.
  2. Develop common standards and a coordinated approach for community engagement and participation, with the emphasis on inclusion of the most vulnerable, supported by a common platform for sharing and analysing data to strengthen decision-making, transparency, accountability and limit duplication.
  3. Strengthen local dialogue and harness technologies to support more agile, transparent but appropriately secure feedback.
  4. Build systematic links between feedback and corrective action to adjust programming.

Donors commit to:

  1. Fund flexibly to facilitate programme adaptation in response to community feedback.
  2. Invest time and resources to fund these activities. Aid organisations commit to:
  3. Ensure that, by the end of 2017, all humanitarian response plans – and strategic monitoring of them - demonstrate analysis and consideration of inputs from affected communities.

The co-conveners: SCHR and The US
NGOs co-champion: Kate Halff, SCHR
Helpful contacts: Kate Halff, Katherine Perkins,
 Official IASC page on this workstream available here

Main progress in the last 2 years:

What has been achieved to date?

  • A definition of Participation for the purpose of the workstream has been agreed
  • Recommendations for action by Grand Bargain signatories (donors and aid organisations) to progress their Participation Revolution commitments have been agreed.

Currently (June 2018), the workstream is focusing on

  • The development of success indicators to measure progress against the recommendations for action by Grand Bargain signatories
  • Facilitating/promoting the recommendations for action through advocacy and engagement with relevant fora or processes, such as other Grand Bargain workstreams, the IASC Task Team on Accountability to Affected People and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC), etc.
  • Providing a platform to:
    • Process and share learning from initiatives in support of the implementation of the recommendations for action;
    • Promote relevant initiatives in support of collaborative participation approaches;

Why should you engage?

To a large extent, the work of the co-convenors and the workstream is accomplished. The focus now must be on the implementation of the recommendations for action.

These include recommendations for donors and aid organisations in support of organisation-level participation and recommendations for donors and aid organisations in support of collaborative multi-organisation participation.

NGO engagement in the implementation of these recommendations is essential to progress the Participation Revolution, as NGOs collectively have the biggest operational footprint, and operate in proximity to people affected by crisis.

How can you engage?

Your engagement is an organisational commitment to participation, which translates in country-level responses which are influenced by what affected people are saying they need and want. You can demonstrate that your responses are influenced by what affected people are telling you.

Your country-level programmes collaborate with other humanitarian actors to ensure that affected people have coherent means to influence the decision-making of the different humanitarian organisations which are providing them with assistance and protection. You demonstrate how you collaborate with others in terms of participation and how this contributes to your own operational decision-making.

You engage with the co-convenors of the Participation Revolution workstream to share your experiences, challenges and learnings, to inform and influence Grand Bargain signatories and hopefully also benefit from their relevant experience.




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