World Humanitarian Summit

Implementing and monitoring the Grand Bargain commitment on transparency


At the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, Grand Bargain signatory organisations agreed to work towards greater transparency by identifying and implementing a shared open data standard and common digital platform to enhance transparency and decision-making. As a first step they committed to publishing timely, transparent, harmonised and open high-quality data on humanitarian funding and […]

An introduction to IATI for humanitarian actors


This background paper introduces humanitarian actors, particularly those organisations that have signed up to the Grand Bargain, to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard. It answers key questions about the purpose of IATI, how it works, who uses it, and how it relates to existing humanitarian financing tracking systems and platforms. At the World […]

Counting cash: Tracking humanitarian expenditure on cash-based programming


View the full report here Assistance provided as cash or vouchers to people affected by humanitarian crises can offer greater choice and empowerment compared with assistance provided as goods in kind. At the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, many of the world’s largest humanitarian donors and agencies made a set of commitments, as part […]

Webinar: Improving humanitarian transparency with IATI


Session 1: An introduction to the IATI Standard within the humanitarian context This session is for participants who want to understand what IATI is, how it can benefit the humanitarian community, and what it means to be an IATI publisher in terms of balancing transparency with operational, security, privacy and other concerns. When: This webinar […]

Counting cash in humanitarian contexts


There is growing evidence of the efficiency and effectiveness of cash-based programming in humanitarian assistance, and at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, many of the world’s largest humanitarian donors and agencies made a set of commitments as part of a ‘Grand Bargain’. This included an agreement to increase the use and coordination of […]

Better information for a better response: The basics of humanitarian transparency


The World Humanitarian Summit provides an unprecedented opportunity to generate political momentum on the issue of transparency. We have witnessed strong calls, including from the United Nations Secretary-General, for global improvements in the quality, availability and use of data on financing for crisis prevention and response. We have also seen a growing number of citizen- […]

Transparent financing and integrity measures for effective and accountable humanitarian action


Date: 23 May 2016 Time: 11.00–12.30 EET Location: Rumeli Hall 7, Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center This World Humanitarian Summit side event will look at how the humanitarian community can achieve increased financial transparency, and how better transparency improves operational effectiveness, accountability and integrity. The event is co-hosted by Development Initiatives, alongside Development Gateway, […]

Development Initiatives welcomes the International Development Committee’s call for increased reporting to the IATI Standard


Development Initiatives (DI) has welcomed the report, particularly its call for DFID to use its leadership role to encourage other humanitarian actors to publish to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard. DI provides the technical support to IATI, which aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, understand and use. Martin Horwood, […]

Will a 'grand bargain' solve the humanitarian funding crisis?


This article was originally written for the Guardian Development Professionals Network as an opinion-piece looking at the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing Report. The aptly titled report Too important to fail from the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing was launched in Dubai yesterday. Does it offer viable solutions to the widening gap between humanitarian needs […]