Bargaining for better: Bringing a feminist lens to the Grand Bargain 2.0

How to build meaningful change for GEEWG in the Grand Bargain.

  • Published 18th April 2023
  • Author(s) Marcy Hersh, Robyn Baron (Consultants) and Niki Ignatiou (ActionAid UK) in collaboration with Grace Ireri and Francisco Yermo (ActionAid International)
  • Category Women in emergencies

Executive summary

The Grand Bargain was launched during the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, as a unique agreement between humanitarian agencies and donors to reform and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of international humanitarian aid. 

Drawing on relevant literature on the Grand Bargain and GEEWG commitments to date, as well as qualitative survey data with ActionAid’s WRO and WLO partners and ActionAid staff in 10 countries, this Policy Brief provides key recommendations for shaping and implementing the Grand Bargain 2.0 so that it is more effective for women and girls. The brief focuses on the importance of investing in local women’s leadership and GEEWG considerations within all humanitarian action as well as in the new Grand Bargain operational framework as a means to achieve effective localisation that works for, and empowers, women and girls affected by crisis.