Reduce duplication and management costs with periodic functional reviews has had promising steps, especially due to NGO-led initiatives, on the harmonization of partnership agreements, joint logistics and procurement procedures and transparent and comparable cost structures. According to the annual independent report (2018), the progress is uneven and on the donors’ front, there has been evident reluctance to move to joint performance reviews and to reduce assessments. The power to make systemic progress on this commitment lies at the highest political level. However, this workstream has seen important overlaps and engagement with others such as Workstream 9 on reporting requirements, allowing for a more complementary work and for more opportunities to reduce financial reporting burdens.
Having a common system in place in the humanitarian sector for cost classification and financial reporting template allows for a greater efficiency and reduce management costs for commonly required goods and services. It has the potential to reduce the time spent on meeting numerous individual financial budgeting and reporting requirements.
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