Report 26 July 2018

Harmonizing Reporting Pilot: Mid-Term Review

by Alexander Gaus               GPPi

At the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, humanitarian actors committed to the “Grand Bargain,” a sector-wide reform to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian action. One of the Grand Bargain’s priorities is to harmonize and simplify reporting requirements to donors so that it becomes simpler, more efficient, and less bureaucratic.

To work toward this commitment, a group of donors and partners agreed to pilot a new reporting template in Iraq, Myanmar and Somalia from June 2017 onwards. The new reporting template, called “8+3 template” because of the number of questions it asks, seeks to establish a standardized and simplified approach to project reporting. Employing a single, easy-to-use template across donors promises a lighter workload for partners and local staff involved in reporting. It is the first time such a reform on simplifying reporting has taken place. This review - commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office - assesses the benefits and drawbacks of the 8+3 template as well as its effects on simplifying and harmonizing donor reporting at the mid-point of the pilot.

The initial results are encouraging: the new template is appreciated for its accessible language and one third of users feels it saves time. Yet, the review also shows areas to improve: the new standardized template is not as widely used as it could be and the initial “one-size-fits-all approach has its limits. As a result, adjustments to the template and further guidance on how to use it are necessary.


The full report is available for downloadundefined.

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

Report 19 June 2017

Independent Grand Bargain Report

by Julia Steets, András Derzsi-Horváth, Lotte Ruppert