How does the UN need to change to make this happen?

InterAction’s members have collectively identified the following three priority areas for reform of the UN’s humanitarian organizations:

  • Adhere to the principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship: Develop common and streamlined partnership framework agreements, including guidelines, conditions, and reporting requirements. Partnership frameworks must be sufficiently malleable to allow for multi-year grants with moderate restrictions. The benefit to both international and national NGOs would be less time spent on understanding and monitoring multiple complex UN donor policies, and more time implementing.
  • Introduce full transparency in the management of pass-through funds: Including clarity on and within their own budgets particularly prioritization and timeliness of partner funds disbursement, as well as their financial and human resource contributions to collective outcomes.
  • Introduce a framework to better navigate the conflicts of interest that arise from the multiple roles it plays as it interfaces with implementers: Overcoming traditional silos must be done in consideration of the need to move towards an integrated structure to ensure a holistic and area-based response. This is critical to enabling humanitarian action that is as local as possible and as international as necessary.