Statement by Christian Aid at the Grand Bargain Annual Meeting 2022 – Global

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  • Summary: On the occasion of the Grand Bargain 2022 annual meeting, ChristianAid:
  • calls for the Grand Bargain to be extended beyond its current schedule so that we can continue to make progress together on its important agendas; The ODI report shows that we have collectively failed to deliver on the commitments we made and that they still apply;
  • encourages all stakeholders to take the participation revolution to the next level by exploring increased adoption of survivor and community-led types of approaches;
  • urges Grand Bargain stakeholders to seize the opportunity generated by the Ukraine crisis to demonstrate how, with the right political will, the Grand Bargain can be implemented quickly and effectively on the ground;
  • calls on Grand Bargain stakeholders to accelerate funding, attention and programming to respond now to the hunger crisis in East Africa and avert disaster.

Detail: The UK has helped Christian Aid advance its overall strategy, ‘Standing Together’. This prompted us to accelerate the localization program and to refine our role as an intermediary between donors and national and local civil society. We decided to share indirect costs with partners, reinvigorated our partnership policy, integrated Charter for Change commitments into funding agreements with partners, gave central priority to accountability to the affected population, developed a strategy for our outreach work, made survivor and community-led response the center of our humanitarian programs and worked with others to develop the future Pledge for Change.

  • We warmly welcome the unique space the Grand Bargain provides for all key stakeholders in the humanitarian system to come together for frank and constructive discussions about how we can work together to achieve better results for people in the need, and strongly support the continuation of this unique forum beyond its current schedule.

  • We welcome significant advances in the global conversation, particularly on whereabouts, accountability and cash flow. We welcome the strong recognition of the role of national actors in global forums. We welcome the progress in the share of funding from OCHA’s national pooled funds allocated to local actors. However, after 6 years, there is still a lot to do. GB commitments have not yet made as much of a difference at country level as expected.

  • We welcome GB 2.0’s efforts to involve local and national civil society networks such as NEAR and A4EP in decision-making. Their involvement allows for a deeper discussion of the real challenges they face within the humanitarian system. The conversations were difficult at times, but necessary to achieve our goals.

  • Christian Aid welcomes ODI’s annual report which highlights the survivor and community-led approach to response, from local protection to global protection and more. We strongly encourage other signatories to explore the possibility of investing in similar approaches as a means of taking the participatory revolution agenda to the next level; bringing together the cash, location, nexus and participation agendas; and placing greater emphasis on action and empowerment of affected populations

  • The crisis in Ukraine has again shown the key role of crisis survivors and local civil society, including local faith-based actors, as first responders. Even 3 months after the start of the war, in many parts of the country, local civil society remains the only significant actor providing support to displaced people and survivors. We should use the significant amount of flexible funding available for the Ukraine crisis to advance the Grand Bargain Treasury, Flexible Funding, Location and Participation programs and demonstrate how the Grand Bargain can be implemented quickly on the ground when ‘sufficient political will is available, as an example to be replicated for other crises.

  • Finally, we want to use this space to sound the alarm on crises that are forgotten, like the drought in East Africa, where, if left unaddressed, major funding issues will very soon lead to massive losses. . We need much stronger political leadership to put the dramatic levels of hunger in East Africa higher on the agenda.

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