26 June 2017


One year after the World Humanitarian Summit, the big issue going into the UN Economic and Social Council’s Humanitarian Affairs Segment was a wide-ranging package of humanitarian aid reforms, known as the Grand Bargain.

On 21 June, over coffee and croissants, IRIN hosted a unique curtain-raiser with thought-provoking opinions and expert analysis on what has – and hasn’t – been achieved in the reform process.

“These are the people who agreed to do something a year ago, 60% of it they haven’t done. From the outside world it worries me as an observer that you have a group of a hundred people in a room in Geneva, congratulating themselves and writing their own school reports,” said Ben Parker, IRIN Senior Editor, challenging his fellow speakers.

Speakers included:

  • András Derzsi-Horváth, Project Manager of the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), commissioned to produce the independent report on progress towards the Grand Bargain
  • Kate Halff, Executive Secretary of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) and member of the Grand Bargain facilitation group
  • Ben Parker, IRIN's Senior Editor, now based in Geneva

You can find IRIN’s reporting on aid effectiveness, including the follow-up to the World Humanitarian Summit and Grand Bargain agreement, here

Watch a recording of the discussion below, kindly provided by the Geneva Humanitarian Connector, an initiative of PHAP.

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