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
Enhanced quality funding through reduced earmarking and multi-year planning and funding
Enhanced quality funding through reduced earmarking and multi-year planning and funding
Harmonize and simplify reporting requirements
Enhance engagement between humanitarian and development actors

Enhance engagement between humanitarian and development actors


Aid organisations and donors commit to:

  1. Use existing resources and capabilities better to shrink humanitarian needs over the long term with the view of contributing to the outcomes of the Sustainable Development Goals. Significantly increase prevention, mitigation and preparedness for early action to anticipate and secure resources for recovery. This will need to be the focus not only of aid organisations and donors but also of national governments at all levels, civil society, and the private sector.
  2. Invest in durable solutions for refugees, internally displaced people and sustainable support to migrants, returnees and host/receiving communities, as well as for other situations of recurring vulnerabilities.
  3. Increase social protection programmes and strengthen national and local systems and coping mechanisms in order to build resilience in fragile contexts.
  4. Perform joint multi-hazard risk and vulnerability analysis, and multi-year planning where feasible and relevant, with national, regional and local coordination in order to achieve a shared vision for outcomes. Such a shared vision for outcomes will be developed on the basis of shared risk analysis between humanitarian, development, stabilisation and peacebuilding communities.
  5. Galvanise new partnerships that bring additional capabilities and resources to crisis affected states through Multilateral Development Banks within their mandate and foster innovative partnerships with the private sector.

The co-conveners: UNDP and Denmark
Official IASC page on this workstream available here

Main progress in the last 2 years:

At the workstream level, the co-conveners determined their priorities as being promoting the actions and outcomes of other, pre-existing mechanisms, including the CRRF, GHD, the IASC Humanitarian–Development Task Team, the OECD-DAC International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) and the New Way of Working (NWoW). They reported that there was little advantage in undertaking additional work within the Grand Bargain framework given the efforts being made on this issue elsewhere. Therefore, progress made under this workstream in 2017 was rather at an individual level or groups of signatories, but actions taken as a collective body were limited.

The co-conveners (UNDP and Denmark) submitted a letter to the Eminent Person in March 2018 recommending that workstream 10 be closed and its work integrated into other workstreams. This recommendation was based on the co-conveners’ understanding that the nexus had originally been considered by the group of Sherpas as a crosscutting issue.

Since March 2018, the Humanitarian and Development nexus work stream is officially closed. Howevernot all humanitarian actors agreed on that process and NGOs encourage to have further clarification on how the issue will be mainstreamed in the other work streams to make sure it does not get forgotten.

Why should you engage?

Even if the workstream is officially closed, humanitarian actors should engage in the discussions and activities around the humanitarian and development nexus beyond the workstream level.

At EU level, there are 6 countries were the nexus is being pilots: Nigeria, Chad, Iraq, Uganda, Sudan, Myanmar.

8 other countries are additionally being piloted specifically by the European Commission: Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Niger, Afghanistan, Yemen.

NGOs should be part of those discussions through their networks, at field level and at national level towards their minister and members of parliaments.

How can you engage?

Different NGOs and IOs groups are currently working on the nexus:





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