Project • Ongoing
Tracking the Grand Bargain from a field perspective
The OECD secretariat commissioned Ground Truth Solutions to track first-hand how people affected by humanitarian crises – and how field staff implementing humanitarian programmes – perceive the reforms spelled out in the Grand Bargain.
We developed three survey instruments to track perceptions in six countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Uganda, Somalia, and Haiti. Surveys were conducted with affected people, field staff, and local partner organisations working with international aid agencies.
Findings from the surveys with affected people in the first set of countries (Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Haiti) suggest that affected people feel relatively safe in their place of residence and respected by aid providers. They consistently rank the relevance and fairness of aid less favourably. At the bottom of the range are affected people’s views on their prospects for the future, their sense of empowerment, and their ability to participate in decisions that affect them – all of which are central to long-term solutions.
Our field staff surveys suggest that aid workers are consistently more positive than affected people. In all three countries, for example, field staff are more upbeat than affected people on whether aid funds go where they are most needed. Field staff are also more positive than affected people about whether affected people have a say in how aid programmes are designed and implemented.
In a third set of surveys, we asked local aid organisations about their relationship with international partners, such as UN agencies and NGOs. Local organisations agree that they are treated with respect by their international partners and consider the latter as knowledgeable about the local context in which they work. They give lower marks on financial support, preferring more core funding and greater flexibility in the way funds can be used. The biggest gaps relate to capacity building, with local agencies calling for more help to develop leadership skills and with all aspects of programme management.