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Interim Key Messages | Flexible funding for humanitarian response and COVID-19

Inter-Agency Standing Committee

2020

Global

Briefing Note

Impact Investing

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Interim Key Messages | Flexible funding for humanitarian response and COVID-19

Interim Key Messages | Flexible funding for humanitarian response and COVID-19

Created by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Results Group 5 on Humanitarian Financing, this note provides recommendations and key messages reflecting IASC commitments, aligned with Grand Bargain principles  aimed at providing assistance to people in need and boosting the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian action.

Highlights

  • Donors are encouraged to pledge support, financially and politically, to the Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19. Initially, US$2 billion are required between April and December 2020 for additional humanitarian interventions due to COVID-19. Additionally, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has appealed for CHF 800 million.
  • Donors need to continue to support existing humanitarian response plans. If funding is diverted from those plans to tackle COVID-19 this would create circumstances in which cholera, measles and meningitis can thrive and in which even more children become malnourished, which would be the perfect breeding ground for COVID-19.
  • A commitment to maintain existing humanitarian operations is a critical element of the COVID-19 response to ensure that the most vulnerable do not become even more susceptible to the effects of the pandemic.
  • Flexibility in and simplification of funding arrangements, as well as sufficient cash liquidity are critical.
  • There are two elements of flexible funding. First, the need for existing funding to be flexible enough to reprogram and use resources in ways that address priority program and operational needs (based on program criticality assessments) guided by the overarching humanitarian principle of humanity to save lives, protect health and alleviate suffering. Second, for both new funding negotiation and funds disbursement, as well as reprogramming existing resources, to ensure fast-track provisions that allow humanitarian partners to respond in a timely and agile fashion.

Contents

  • Key Messages for the IASC Flexible Funding for Humanitarian Response and COVID19
    • OVERARCHING MESSAGES
    • WHY FLEXIBLE AND SIMPLIFIED FUNDING IS KEY FOR THE COVID19 RESPONSE AND ONGOING OPERATIONS
    • HOW WE DEFINE FLEXIBLE AND SIMPLIFIED FUNDING
    • WHAT WE ASK OF DONORS, AND WHAT IASC MEMBERS ARE DOING THEMSELVES
    • HOW SHOULD THIS BE TAKEN FORWARD?

This document was originally published o the IASC website.

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