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

Harmonize and simplify reporting requirements

Aid organisations and donors commit to:

  1. Simplify and harmonise reporting requirements by the end of 2018 by reducing its volume, jointly deciding on common terminology, identifying core requirements and developing a common report structure.
  2. Invest in technology and reporting systems to enable better access to information.
  3. Enhance the quality of reporting to better capture results, enable learning and increase the efficiency of reporting.

The co-conveners: ICVA and Germany
NGOs co-champion: Jeremy Rempel, ICVA 
Helpful contact: Lea Moser German FFO, 
Questions on the harmonized reporting community of practice support for country-level practitioners: Jeremy Rempel ICVA – Less Paper More Aid, 
 Questions on the technical aspects of the 8+3 template; on the evaluation and data analysis: GPPi, Alexander Gaus 
Official IASC page on this workstream available here

Main progress in the last 2 years:

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.

The harmonized reporting framework to be tested is known as the “8+3 template”, which was developed with the support of GPPi through a consultative/participatory process with donors and humanitarian agencies. The 8+3 template is currently being piloted in 3 countries: Myanmar, Iraq and Somalia, with a group of 8 donor governments, 8 UN agencies, 16 INGOs, and a number of national NGO partners.

Interim and final reports as well as other qualitative data are collected from participants in order to evaluate the pilot (first interim report finalised in July 2018, final report expected for mid-2019). At the end of the pilot in 2019, a set of recommendations for further scale up and use of the harmonized narrative reporting template will be available for use by donors and partners.


Why should you engage?

For signatories of the Grand Bargain, the pilot work on harmonised and simplified reporting provides a clear opportunity to fulfil the commitment to harmonise reporting by the end of 2018. Although still in the pilot stage, the 8+3 template being tested was developed through a consultation process with a broad range of input from donors, UN, and NGO stakeholders. Broad and dedicated participation by donors and partners alike will help to strengthen the recommendations generated through the pilot, and improve the likelihood of widespread harmonisation and simplification of narrative reporting.


How can you engage?

The pilot work to harmonise and simplify narrative reporting is an open process – new participants (donors and partners) are identified and integrated into the ongoing work as appropriate. For new donor participants, it is important to consider your active funding portfolio in the three pilot countries (Myanmar, Iraq, Somalia). For new partner participants, it is important to consider both these locations, and the current list of participating donors, which can be shared on request.

Those interested in participating directly or learning more are free to contact via the links provided above.




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