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

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: Johannes Sender 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 3 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 harmonized reporting framework that has been 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. When using the template, donors should not ask more than the eight core questions and only up to three of the six additional ones, hence the name ‘8+3 template’.

The harmonizing reporting pilot to test the new 8+3 template began on June 1, 2017 in Iraq, Myanmar and Somalia and ended on May 31, 2019. At the beginning of the pilot, 7 bilateral donors, 4 United Nations agencies, and 24 partners declared their willingness to test the 8+3 template and join the pilot. Two more donors joined the pilot at a later stage.

Based on the feedback collected through interviews and questionnaires, the Final Report of the pilot shows that partners particularly value three aspects of the harmonized reporting template: its ease of use, its focus on impact, and how harmonized reporting advances good practices in project implementation. The template simplifies the reporting process by using simple language in the questions and giving clear instructions on the information and level of detail users should provide for each question.

Why should you engage?

Piloting the harmonized reporting template showed that most users view the new template as a significant improvement over existing donor templates since it simplifies and standardizes the reporting process considerably. As such, the new harmonized reporting template is an important building block in achieving the Grand Bargain commitment to “simplify and harmonize reporting requirements.” All interviewed partners valued the simplification and predictability the 8+3 template introduces in the reporting process.

How can you engage?

At the Annual Meeting of the Grand Bargain, the 8+3 harmonized narrative template was highlighted by the Eminent Person as a success of the Grand Bargain that can now be scaled up. Adopting the finalized template represents a crucial opportunity for Signatories to implement their own individual GB commitments to harmonize and simplify reporting requirements, but also offers an opportunity to achieve collective progress regarding system-wide harmonization. The more donors adopt the 8+3 template as a standard, the greater the benefit of harmonization of the 8+3 template, reducing the reporting burden across the humanitarian system. Some donors and UN agencies have committed to do so already, but more Signatories need to adopt the template in order to achieve the collective progress that the Grand Bargain intends to achieve.


[1] The Grand Bargain Annual Report 2019, ODI June 2019



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