Welcome to Topic 6 of 6 of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies' Learning Stream - the Grand Bargain and its impact for NGOs. This Topic will take you around 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. We recommend you take Topic 1 and Topic 2 and Topic 3 and Topic 4 and Topic 5 before doing this section. 

The recent World Humanitarian Summit reaffirmed the importance of NGO access to humanitarian financing. However, with the exception of well-resourced organizations, the majority of NGOs have a limited understanding of and influence over decisions related to humanitarian financing – and by extension, limited direct access to humanitarian financing.

In light of this, ICVA is creating an online learning stream aiming to demystify the complex humanitarian financing landscape. The stream specifically targets NGO staff, including field, policy and HQ staff. Short videos and briefing papers will help simplify complex topics. Webinars, held in partnership with PHAP, are open to anyone interested in improving their understanding of humanitarian financing. Our topics include:

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Is this course for me?
Primary Audience: NGOs with limited exposure to - and understanding of - humanitarian financing mechanisms. Focused specifically on NGO staff engaged in policy, strategy, resource mobilization and organizational leadership.

Secondary Audience: All other NGO staff, other humanitarian actors; general public etc.

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How will I benefit from this course?
On completion of this course you will:
  • Have a stronger understanding of the various humanitarian financing mechanisms, and the challenges and opportunities experienced by NGOs in accessing funding.
  • Be better informed to engage in further discussions; influence policy where possible; and, access humanitarian financing.
  • Knowledge of the main processes (and their origins) and actors involved in the Grand Bargain
  • Awareness of the current trends and emerging policies in relation to increasing support to national and local responders
  • Awareness of the challenges faced by NGOs regarding the harmonization and simplification of reporting vis-à-vis donors
  • Familiarity with current discussions relating to the humanitarian-development nexus and its implications for humanitarian planning and funding
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How long will it take?
 It should take you about 1 hour 45 minutes to complete. 

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How much does it cost?
 This course is free.

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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 Yes! You will be able to download a certificate after you have completed all the modules and the feedback form.

The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Click on       Join        button on this page. This will take you through to the course modules. Don't worry, if you stop a module halfway through, you can always continue later from where you left off.