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
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
- The Grand Bargain Agreement (2016)
- High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing Report to UN Secretary General 'Too Important to Fail - Addressing the Humanitarian Financing Gap' (2016)
- Trócaire 'More than the Money: Localisation in Practice' (2017)
- ICVA 'The Grand Bargain Explained: An ICVA briefing paper' (2017)
- GPPI 'Independent Gran Bargain Report' (2017)
- GPPI and Inspire Consortium 'The Grand Bargain One Year After the World Humanitarian Summit' (2017)
- Wilton Park 'One Year On - the Grand Bargain and Localisation' (2017)
- ICRC 'Nexus thinking in humanitarian policy: How does everything fit together on the ground?' (2017)
- ICRC 'Direct Cash Grants to Refugees: The EU Experience in Turkey One Year On' (2017)
- Irish Times 'Humanitarian aid doesn't come cheap' (2017)
- ActionAid 'Getting Gender into the Grand Bargain' (2016)