Three years on, the Grand Bargain – a unique agreement between the largest aid donors and humanitarian agencies – remains the reference for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian action. But the annual self-reporting exercise, as well as feedback from people affected by crises, both show mixed results in terms of delivering tangible results on the ground.
Has the Grand Bargain delivered all it can to improve the lives of those in need? Where should signatories focus their efforts in the next two years to really shift the needle?
Join a frank, no-holds-barred conversation for a window into the discussions to follow behind closed doors. Over coffee and croissants, you’ll hear a handful of ‘pitches’ on the best way to push the aid reform agenda forward, based on new research into localisation, perceptions of affected communities and humanitarian business models. You’ll vote for your pick and the outcome will be shared publicly to inform the rest of the day’s discussions at the official Grand Bargain meeting.
The discussion will be moderated by Ben Parker, Senior Editor for The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN News), in conversation with:
- Birgitta Tazelaar, Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, representing the incoming Eminent Person of the Grand Bargain, Minister Sigrid Kaag
- Katie Sams, Director of External Resources, International Committee of the Red Cross
- Jeremy Konyndyk, Senior Policy Fellow, Centre for Global Development and former director of the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance
- Sema Genel Karaosmanoğlu, Chair of the Leadership Council, NEAR Network
- Rachel Scott, Team Lead and Senior Policy Analyst for Crises and Fragility, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
- Bonaventure Gbétoho Sokpoh, Head of Policy, Advocacy & Learning, CHS Alliance
If our similar Grand Bargain curtain raiser two years ago is any indication, we’re likely to draw a full house, so please RSVP to reserve your spot.
This event is co-hosted by The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN News) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
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