A field perspective on the Grand Bargain

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

International donors and humanitarian actors committed themselves at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian assistance. The OECD secretariat commissioned Ground Truth Solutions to track first-hand how people affected by humanitarian crises – as well as the humanitarian field staff who implement humanitarian programmes – perceive the reforms spelled out in the Grand Bargain document.

Ground Truth Solutions developed three survey instruments to measure both the implementation and the effects of these reforms.

  • The goal of the first set of surveys is to gather feedback from affected people on the provision of humanitarian aid and track how perceptions evolve over time.
  • The second survey instrument collects feedback from frontline staff on how Grand Bargain themes are being carried out and provides a baseline to track their progress and impact.
  • The third survey instrument looks at relations among international agencies and local partners in the context of empowering the latter to play a larger role in humanitarian relief operations.

The ultimate goal is to extend the scope of the surveys to cover all major humanitarian responses – and to repeat the exercise each year. Reports issued so far can be downloaded below.


Aggregated Report and Key Findings
Survey of Affected People & Field Staff
Local Partner Organisations Survey

Project Partner