Report 01 February 2017

Harmonizing Donor Reporting

by Erica Gaston            GPPi

The World Humanitarian Summit set ambitious targets to maximize existing resources in critical, emergency situations, including harmonizing and streamlining donor reporting. Donors and aid organizations committed to significant, but achievable harmonization measures by the end of 2018, including reducing volume, developing a common report structure and increasing the efficiency of reporting. To support the implementation of those commitments, this study analyzed existing processes to identify factors leading to reporting inefficiency and opportunities for harmonization.

GPPi’s analysis of 19 donors’ reporting templates revealed such strong similarities that a common reporting structure would require few compromises, but would significantly reduce the complexity of the reporting system. However, developing a common report structure is only a partial solution. Streamlining and harmonizing supporting documentation requirements, limiting informal reporting requests, decreasing the frequency of reporting, and reducing or better supporting information demands associated with coordination will also be necessary to improve the way aid is managed and held accountable. In addition, there are immediate steps that donors might take unilaterally, including harmonizing and streamlining their own reporting processes throughout the reporting cycle, clarifying and streamlining supporting requirements, and identifying sources of informal reporting.


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Report 26 July 2018

Harmonizing Reporting Pilot: Mid-Term Review

by Alexander Gaus

Report 04 July 2018

Evaluation of WFP Policies on Humanitarian Principles and Access in Humanitarian Contexts

by Julia Steets, Alexander Gaus, Claudia Meier, Janika Spannagel, Mark Bui, Adele Harmer, Abby Stoddard
World Food Programme

Report 21 March 2018

Iraq After ISIL: Sub-State Actors, Local Forces, and the Micro-Politics of Control

by András Derzsi-Horváth, Erica Gaston

Commentary 24 October 2017

The Micro-Politics of Territorial Control in Iraq

by Erica Gaston, András Derzsi-Horváth
War on The Rocks

Commentary 18 October 2017

Perception of NGOs in Afghanistan Isn’t Great. Here's How to Make It Better.

by Elias Sagmeister