Grand Bargain

The Grand Bargain was introduced as a response to the growing gap in humanitarian financing from the world’s largest donors and aid providers. It is an agreement between donors and aid providers to get more means into the hands of people in need and increase the efficiency of humanitarian action.

The Grand Bargain was first proposed in a report “Too Important to Fail: addressing the humanitarian financing gap” from the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing in 2016. It included a series of recommendations to incite change in how humanitarian aid is done with the aim to reducing the financing gap for humanitarian action.

The Grand Bargain was the resulting agreement. It includes a series of changes in the working practices of donor and aid organisations that would deliver more money for people in need of humanitarian aid. These changes were specific commitments to quotes as well as ways of working

Dóchas Resources

In 2017, Dóchas alongside Irish Aid, ActionAid, Trócaire and the Irish Red Cross held a series of seminars on a number of the Grand Bargain work streams. The aim of the series was to raise awareness of key Grand Bargain work streams amongst humanitarian and development practitioners, the academic community and Irish Aid.

Seminar One - Where are the Women? Gender, Localisation and the Grand Bargain

Seminar Two - Humanitarian/Development Nexus

Seminar Three - Cash-based Programming: A Closer Look

Government and Multilateral Publications

External Resources

Key Organisations