Throughout PHAP’s and ICVA’s series on humanitarian financing, speakers have referred to a process that promises to significantly reshape humanitarian funding – the “Grand Bargain”. This package of commitments to improve humanitarian financing was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit last year and aims to reduce the humanitarian funding gap and improve funding processes. Given the interest expressed in this topic by participants in previous sessions, PHAP and ICVA hosted an additional event focusing on this reform process on 3 March.

In this session, participants were provided with an overview of the origins and current processes related to the Grand Bargain and how it might impact the work of NGOs. Based on the interests expressed in previous sessions, the session focused on three areas of the Grand Bargain: increasing support to local and national responders, harmonized and simplified reporting, and the humanitarian-development nexus.


Anne Street Anne Street Head of Humanitarian Policy, CAFOD
Jeremy Rempel Jeremy Rempel Consultant on Less Paper More Aid, ICVA
Sara Sekkenes Sara Sekkenes Conflict Prevention Partnership Adviser, UNDP


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

Briefing paper

ICVA has prepared an explanatory briefing paper on the Grand Bargain process. You can access the document in English. The briefing paper will be soon available in also French and Arabic.

For additional resources on this topic, you can go here.

Recordings and follow-up

Session recording (YouTube - faster loading time)

Closed captions available in English/ Sous-titré en français

Session recording (Adobe Connect - higher quality)

Session recording (audio podcast)

Introductory whiteboard video

Learning stream on humanitarian financing

This session was the final event of six live interactive online learning sessions that ICVA and PHAP have organized in the learning stream on humanitarian financing between September 2016 and March 2017 with the purpose of providing NGOs and humanitarian workers with a stronger understanding of the humanitarian financing system.

Recommended resources

During the event the following resources were mentioned by speakers and participants:

Geneva Humanitarian Connector

This event was made possible through the Geneva Humanitarian Connector, an initiative of PHAP supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Learning objectives

  • Knowledge of the main processes (and their origins) and actors involved in the Grand Bargain
  • Awareness of the current trends and emerging policies in relation to increasing support to national and local responders
  • Awareness of the challenges faced by NGOs regarding the harmonization and simplification of reporting vis-à-vis donors
  • Familiarity with current discussions relating to the humanitarian-development nexus and its implications for humanitarian planning and funding

Target audience and event access

The learning stream specifically targets NGO staff, including field, policy and HQ staff, but all live sessions are open to anyone interested in improving their understanding of humanitarian financing.

PHAP Credentialing Program

PHAP Credentialing Program

Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem

This event can help you prepare for the PHAP Credentialing Program certification in Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem.

In particular, the event will address segments 1.5 and 2.6 of the certification assessment outline. It will also address some aspects of segments 1.4, 1.7, and 2.5.

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program