The Grand Bargain in 2021


This report from UK think tank ODI looks at collective and individual progress to make aid more effective and efficient.

For the fifth year, ODI has taken stock of our collective and individual progress to make aid more effective and efficient and keep us accountable for realising the commitments we signed up to. I sincerely thank ODI for their analysis and important recommendations, which we will need to take very seriously. At the last Grand Bargain Annual Meeting in 2021, we agreed that the era of words and seminars in Geneva and capitals is over, and that we urgently needed to act with and for people in need at the operational level. This report shows that change is possible when concrete proposals are elevated at the political level, and that we have achieved concrete outcomes – on cash coordination, some increases in the volume of flexible and multi-year funding, supporting local leadership and strengthening local actors’ institutional capacities, and the National Reference Groups being launched. However, this report documents that we are still far from realising several key Grand Bargain goals: on quality funding, localisation and participation. We are halfway through the Grand Bargain 2.0 iteration, so the next 12 months will be decisive. As we find ourselves in the last stretch of the marathon, let’s make it count – I need the support of each one of you to make sure we succeed at improving the quality of the funding we provide or pass through; making aid as local as possible through better partnerships, increasing investments and providing institutional capacity support for local actors; and putting people in need at the centre of our response, by ensuring they have a meaningful influence over the aid they receive.

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