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Increasing funding for national NGOs from about 1% to 20% of humanitarian spending will require trusting partnerships built on confidence and assurance

With the World Humanitarian Summit just around the corner, there are hundreds of conversations going on across the world about how to reform the humanitarian aid system to meet mounting global challenges.

But the one message that keeps cutting through the noise is that local actors should be equipped with the funding and capacity to implement long-term solutions to some of the most pressing problems affecting their communities.

This isn’t a new message (especially within the NGO sector), but it has been getting louder. Mango has been engaging with conversations about local participation for years, with our campaign culminating in the development of financial management standards – in January this year, we launched a partnership with the African Academy of Sciences to develop a pan-African standard in Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP).

Too important to fail – it’s about trust

At its core, the GFGP standard is about increasing trust between donors and local NGOs – a lack of trust is the main barrier to increasing the proportion of funds channelled to Southern NGOs.

GFGP could reduce the costs and burden of donor pre-award assessments and project audits and increase confidence in, and funds available to, national and local responders.  Therefore, it provides potential solutions to parts of two ‘strands’ within the Grand Bargain: donor harmonisation and risk.  Under development and due to be piloted across Africa in 2016/2017, it has been designed to provide assurance to donors that an organisation is fit for funding, thereby removing the need for donors to carry out their own pre-award or due diligence assessments.

As the standard will provide enhanced and regular review of the internal control environment of grantees, it will also increase overall levels of assurance and reduce the risk of misuse of funds and fraud compared to the current incomplete patchwork of multiple pre-award assessments and project audits being carried out by donors.

Join the campaign - help to ensure NGOs’ voices are heard at the Summit this May

Now we’re taking our message to the summit, and adding our voice to other NGO-led campaigns that are in full swing, including the Charter4Change which calls for concrete commitments from NGOs to ensure they’re channelling 20% of their funds to local NGOs by 2020.

Mango will be attending, and we want to maximise this opportunity to make NGO voices heard in our engagement with key stakeholders. In summary, here’s our message:

Here’s how you can get involved

Want to know more about our work on standards? You’ll find the full story here.  You may also want to read our latest thoughts on the humanitarian financing debate on the lead-up to the Summit.

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