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

Increase collaborative humanitarian multi-year planning and funding

Aid organisations and donors commit to:

  1. Increase multi-year, collaborative and flexible planning and multi-year funding instruments and document the impacts on programme efficiency and effectiveness, ensuring that recipients apply the same funding arrangements with their implementing partners.
  2. Support in at least five countries by the end of 2017 multi-year collaborative planning and response plans through multi-year funding and monitor and evaluate the outcomes of these responses.
  3. Strengthen existing coordination efforts to share analysis of needs and risks between the humanitarian and development sectors and to better align humanitarian and development planning tools and interventions while respecting the principles of both.

The co-conveners: UNICEF and Canada
NGOs co-champion: Cecilia Roselli, Norwegian Refugee Council, Tamara Thomas Oxfam
Helpful contact: Cecilia Roselli, Norwegian Refugee Council
 Official IASC page on this workstream available here

Main progress in the last 2 years:

Increase collaborative humanitarian multi-year planning and funding is one of the workstreams that progressed significantly and positively in the past two years, especially in documenting the impact of multi-year, collaborative and flexible planning and multi-year funding instruments.

According to the annual independent report (2018), both donors and aid organizations have shown strong leadership and significant buy-in to the commitments, which has also allowed for direct engagement with other workstreams such as the humanitarian-development nexus.

In the past two years, a number of donors have scaled up their provision of multi-year funding, although there is still a number of legal and political challenges being faced and a lack of evidence of progress on the provision of it to multi-year humanitarian response plans.

Why should you engage?

Multi-year funding is key to allow more predictable, flexible and longer-term funding, lower administrative costs, effective, and efficiency programming in the humanitarian sector. These factors strengthen preparedness and resilience particularly in the context where humanitarian needs are protracted and recurrent.

How can you engage?

  • Take part in workshops and studies to advocate, based on field evidence, for the multi-year planning and funding impact on programme and partners’ efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Share lessons and recommendations identified to address some key emerging gaps and challenges humanitarian actors are facing when allocating and receiving multi-year funding;




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