What is the Grand Bargain?
The Grand Bargain is an agreement between more than 30 of the biggest donors and aid providers, which aims to get more means into the hands of people in need.
The Grand Bargain was first proposed by the former UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing in its report “Too Important to Fail: addressing the humanitarian financing gap” as one of the solutions to address the humanitarian financing gap.
The Grand Bargain includes a series of changes in the working practices of donors and aid organisations that would deliver an extra billion dollars over five years for people in need of humanitarian aid. These changes include gearing up cash programming, greater funding for national and local responders and cutting bureaucracy through harmonised reporting requirements.
The Grand Bargain commits donors and aid organizations to providing 25 per cent of global humanitarian funding to local and national responders by 2020, along with more un-earmarked money, and increased multi-year funding to ensure greater predictability and continuity in humanitarian response, among other commitments.
Seminars - Grand Bargain Work Streams
ActionAid, Dóchas, Irish Aid, Irish Red Cross and Trócaire are holding a series of seminars during 2017 and 2018 on a number of Grand Bargain work streams, where experts will explore how to move from page to practice.
Seminar One - September 2017: Where are the Women? Gender, Localisation and the Grand Bargain
Seminar Two - October 2017: Humanitarian/Development Nexus
Video clips from Seminar Two will be available here shortly
Seminar Three - December 2017: Cash-based Programming: A Closer Look
Direct cash grants to refugees: the EU experience in Turkey one year on (Humanitarian Law & Policy blog)
Humanitarian aid doesn't come cheap - Ruadhán MacCormaic (The Irish Times)
Nexus Thinking in Humanitarian Policy: How does Everything Fit Together on the Ground? - The International Committee of the Red Cross