Topic Four: Bilateral funding - trends, challenges and opportunities for NGOs


While bilateral funding between implementing organizations and donors can reduce transfer and administrative costs, such direct funding relationships can sometimes lead to challenges for NGOs. Different rules and requirements, pre-qualification requirements, delayed disbursements, and overly restrictive budget lines are just some of the issues frequently faced by NGOs.

Nonetheless, the Grand Bargain aims at bringing donors closer to implementing organizations and overcoming these challenges. At the same time, emerging donors are becoming increasingly important sources of funding for humanitarian organizations. In order to better understand this changing context for NGO access to bilateral funding, join us for the fourth session of the learning stream on humanitarian financing, jointly organized by ICVA and PHAP. 

Focus of topic four: To provide NGOs with a general understanding of the bilateral humanitarian funding streams and trends, including the Grand Bargain reforms and the increasing relevance of non-DAC donors

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding of the concept of bilateral funding
  • Knowledge of the overall size, flows, and forms of bilateral funding and the main donors and recipients
  • Awareness of the main trends, challenges, and opportunities for NGOs trying to access funding from bi-lateral donors
  • Knowledge of the different sources of information on bilateral funding

Topic Four Webinar


  • Susan Kyle, Attaché, Humanitarian Affairs, U.S Mission to Geneva
  • Alberto Garralon Perez, Deputy Head, Budget, Finance and Control Unit, DG ECHO, European COmmission
  • Walter Brill, Director of Operations, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
  • Magali Mourlon, Program Coordinator, NGO VOICE


  • Melissa Pitotti, Head of Policy at ICVA
  • Angharad Laing, Executive Director at PHAP


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