The Panel will examine humanitarian financing challenges and will identify ways in which the gap between rising needs and the resources available to meet them can be closed. It will also work on generating solutions around the issues of more timely and predictable funding, as well as ways in which resources can be used more effectively.
The Grand Bargain on Efficiencies
The ICVA Secretariat serves as a Sherpa member in the ongoing Grand Bargain discussions bringing together 15 donors, 15 agencies, and Turkey to focus on implementing parts of the report of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing.
Less Paper More Aid
ICVA is very proud to share the results of the Less Paper More Aid Initative, an NGO-led project to improve efficiency in humanitarian action by reducing the burden of donor conditions on NGOs. You can find the study, together with a brief Youtube video on the http://lesspapermoreaid.org/ or download it directly from: http://lesspapermoreaid.org/documents/lpma-reporting.pdf.
The Less Paper More Aid report, launched Tuesday 17th of May at the occasion of an NGO briefing to Member States in Geneva, examined donor and UN guidance on, and NGOs' perception of reporting, partner capacity assessment and audit conditions attached to grants. Giving voice to NGO staff in the field and comparing existing donor requirements, the study addresses an important knowledge gap showing how aid can be affected by compliance with administrative requirements.
High volume, complexity and duplication in donor reporting, PCA and audit requirements are amongst the main findings from the report together with higher and more frequent demands from UN agencies.
Building on the momentum created by the Grand Bargain, the study suggests a "Framework for Change" with concrete suggestions for each of the three conditions. The requests align with the principles of harmonisation and simplification, as referred to in the Grand Bargain commitment on donor reporting, crafted by the Sherpas and co-championed by ICVA and Germany.
ICVA stands ready to support the roll–out of this commitment and will continue to engage with UN agencies and donors to promote harmonisation and simplification in their partnership agreements.
We appreciate the contributions to the Less Paper More Aid project made by NRC, CARE, ICMC, NGO VOICE, Plan, INTERSOS, DRC, the CHS Alliance, IRC and Handicap International. This project was a key component in enabling ICVA to co-champion with Germany the Grand Bargain workstream on simplifying and harmonizing reporting. This project would not have been possible without the initial support in the pilot phase of the German Humanitarian Assistance.
2. Improve NGO access to funding
ICVA conducts research, analysis and tracks NGO experiences (particularly national NGOs) in accessing humanitarian funding and promotes best practice.
Comparison review of UN project partnership agreements
In late 2014 ICVA commissioned a review and comparison of the various UN project partnership agreesments for NGO implementation of humanitarian projects. The goal was two-fold: 1) to improve NGO understanding of the different UN agencies' approahces regarding reporting requirements, overhead support cost, partner personnel costs, etc., and 2) to identify best practices to inform future consultations with UN agencies when they update their agreement templates.
Download the full review (PDF)
NGO challenges to accessing country-based pooled funds
The work plan of the IASC Humanitarian Financing Task Team (HFTT) focuses on improving the availability of adequate and accessible funding for operational aid agencies. To this end, in 2014 OCHA and ICVA carried out a mapping of NGO challenges to accessing country-based pooled funds (CBPFs)i, which contributed to the development of new Global Guidelines for CBPFs issued by OCHA in February 2015 following an extensive consultation process.
Download the summary of findings document (PDF)
Partners capacity assessments of humanitarian NGOS- fit for purpose?
This study, which was commissioned by the IASC Humanitarian Financing
Task Team, is a mapping of a variety of partner capacity assessments (PCA) tools and methodologies currently applied by different funders, including multilaterals, bilaterals and INGOs in order to vet the suitability of prospective NGOs to receive and manage humanitarian funds in different contexts. The study is intended to contribute to policy discussions amongst funders and NGOs alike, leading to the establishment of recognized minimum good practices for partner capacity assessments applicable in different humanitarian contexts. Such good practices would be those which are able to strike a pragmatic balance between the need for due diligence, risk management and accountability and the transformative capacities of NGOs to make a long-term difference—especially national NGOs—in their own country settings.
Review of NGO experiences with the Syria related pooled funds
This review of non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) experiences with the Syria-related pooled funds was conducted within the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)’s humanitarian financing focal area during the months of November and December 2014.1 Alongside OCHA, ICVA is the co-chair of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Task Team on Humanitarian Financing and member of the Pooled Fund Working Group.
Download the full report (PDF)
3. Improve NGO understanding of humanitarian financing mechanisms