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The 2017 Grand Bargain signatory reports on Workstream 2 evidence some encouraging progress on meeting the 6 localisation commitments to provide more support and funding tools for national and local responders. But it is slow and much of the progress is in the initial first steps. 4 signatories did not report anything on this workstream.
Signatories of the Grand Bargain, the pact signed two years ago at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, meet in New York today to make progress on improving the humanitarian system.
Christian Aid was in attendance to co-present a joint analysis by members of the Charter for Change network: CAFOD, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Christian Aid, NEAR and OXFAM, on the need for more radical measures to empower national and local actors - who have a closer and deeper understanding of communities in need - to take a leadership role in humanitarian response
Responding to the report from the National Audit Office into how different parts of Government spend the UK’s aid budget, Christian Aid’s Head of Advocacy, Laura Taylor, said:
“This report again confirms the vast majority of UK overseas aid is being spent well and helping change lives and improve communities around the world.
From 5-7 June, international actors, local humanitarian and civil society organisations, donors, the private sector and other groups are meeting in West Sussex, England, to discuss ‘Grand Bargain’ commitments on localisation, a year after the World Humanitarian Summit. Christian Aid’s Senior Adviser for Humanitarian Advocacy and Policy, Jane Backhurst, reflects on efforts to strengthen local leadership in humanitarian response.
This Discussion Paper has been prepared by a consortium of humanitarian assistance agencies in India to present a case for review of the decision by a few donors to discontinue support to India because of the apparent perception that India does not require overseas development assistance. It also reflects the commitment of humanitarian agencies to ensure that the Vision of “Zero Tolerance to Avoidable Deaths in Disasters” professed by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Government of India is honoured in letter and spirit.
Since the latest conflict erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, more than 2.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes and 3.9 million (approximately one third of the population) do not have enough to eat. All humanitarian actors struggle to respond to these acute needs against a context of chronic poverty, ongoing conflict and insecurity, limited infrastructure and a significant funding shortfall.
HOLDING AID AGENCIES TO ACCOUNT IMPROVES VALUE FOR MONEY
Opportunities for local people to hold NGO’s to account for their actions have improved in recent years, but there has been little evidence to suggest that they can actually influence the quality and results of aid itself - until now.
On the eve of a key meeting of donor counties, a coalition of six international humanitarian agencies has warned that the UN’s record $1.5 billion Syria humanitarian appeal remains only 3% funded, and some of the world’s richest countries have failed to provide sufficient support.
Almost a quarter of the world’s GDP is concentrated in 6 countries: Brazil, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia and Mexico. However these countries are failing the people of Syria with contributions considerably lower than other countries with comparable wealth (see tables below).
Christian Aid today launched an emergency appeal for victims of the Indonesia earthquake.
International development agency Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal to support the millions of people going hungry across Africain the face of escalating food prices.
In its scale and reach, this is a crisis of proportions unmatched for decades. Most African countries are not self-sufficient in food and are now being hit by massive price hikes so that once cheap imports are unaffordable.
Christian Aid is responding to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis in Burma which has left up to 22,000 people dead and 41,000 missing.
An estimated one million people are also reportedly homeless.
Please donate what you can to our Burma appeal.
Christian Aid has already committed £50,000 for local partners to carry out relief work.
The severe cyclone tore through the heavily populated Irrawaddy delta region on the evening of 2 May reaching Rangoon, Burma's largest city, on 3 May.
The Irrawaddy delta region is the country's main agricultural area and the impact …
From today, Christian Aid's response will include distributing emergency food rations, water and cooking utensils to stranded people in the Indian state of Bihar, one of the worst hit.
'This level of constant rainfall in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states is unprecedented. We have never witnessed this before,' said Anand Kumar, from the Christian Aid office in India.
'The monsoon season usually starts in late August. But this year we have already had 15 days of sustained rainfall.'