Invest in Humanity

Accepting and acting upon our shared responsibilities for humanity requires political, institutional and financing investment.

To reduce the funding gap for humanitarian needs and to act on our responsibility to vulnerable people, we need to shift to humanitarian financing that invests in local capacities, is risk-informed, invests in fragile situations and incentivizes collective outcomes. This means increasing funding not only to response, but also to risk and preparedness, to protracted conflicts and to peacebuilding. It means boosting local response through more funding to national NGOs and to pooled funds and stopping blocks to crucial investments, such as remittances flows. The means being more creative about how we fund, using loans, grants, bonds and insurance mechanisms; by working with investment banks, credit card companies and Islamic social finance mechanisms, as well as with donors. It requires donors to be more flexible in the way they finance crises, including giving longer-term funding. And it requires aid agencies to be as efficient as possible and transparent about how they are spending their money. These shifts will only be effective if we put the financing of collective goals at the heart of our efforts, rather than supporting individual projects.

Agenda for Humanity Transformations

In his Agenda for Humanity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon advocates for a number of strategic and normative shifts that are necessary in order to make the Agenda a reality. To invest in humanity, stakeholders need to:

Invest in Humanity

  • 5A
    Invest in local capacities
  • 5B
    Invest according to risk
  • 5C
    Invest in stability
  • 5D
    Finance outcomes, not fragmentation: shift from funding to financing
  • 5E
    Diversify the resource base and increase cost-efficiency

Summary of individual and joint commitments made

Participants at the World Humanitarian Summit made thousands of individual and joint commitments in support of the major shifts laid out in the Agenda for Humanity. These commitments represent tangible actions that support the implementation of a core commitment, or more broadly to help achieve the Agenda for Humanity.

The commitments related to Core Responsibility 5 underscored the Secretary-General’s call that there must be much greater investment in humanity: in local capacities, in reducing and acting on risk, in increasing stability in fragile contexts, and to increase the scale and efficiency of financial resources.

The Summit also generated major consensus that the quantity, diversity and quality of humanitarian funding needs to be increased in order to meet urgent humanitarian needs and reduce human suffering. There was also a strong push to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian action, including by empowering national and local humanitarian actors and channeling funding directly to them. Significant commitments were also made to increase flexible and predictable funding, develop multi-year financing solutions, and scale up the use of cash-based programming.

A selection of individual and joint commitments made

  • ACT Alliance Faith-based OrganisationGlobal

    ACT Alliance commits to streamline and harmonize reporting requirements for members, in line with the expected outcomes of the Grand Bargain. This specifically includes a commitment to not ask more from local and national members than what donors ask of funding members.

    • Commitment Type Operational
  • ACT Alliance Faith-based OrganisationGlobal

    ACT Alliance members commit to supporting initiatives that provide easier and better access to resources for local and national members, particularly where they are first and frontline responders.

    • Commitment Type Financial
  • ACT Alliance Faith-based OrganisationGlobal

    ACT Alliance will increase the proportion of its humanitarian investment that goes to community preparedness, prevention and resilience, with a target that over 10% of ACT Alliance programming should be invested in emergency preparedness and risk reduction. It will deliver over 30 examples of grassroots-level Disaster Risk Reduction awareness-raising activities by ACT Alliance faith-based and church member organizations by May 2018 as examples of good practice.

    • Commitment Type Financial