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Evidence-Based Response: More Than a Buzzword?

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In 2016, humanitarian agencies and government donors met in Istanbul, Turkey, and agreed on a number of commitments in the framework of the Grand Bargain. Among the various pledges, the commitment on needs assessment called for impartial, comprehensive and up-to-date assessments that would provide a sound base for humanitarian response plans and appeals.

Almost three years later, a number of best practices and tools are emerging from parties involved in the Grand Bargain Needs Assessment Work Stream. In 2018, Multi-Sector Needs Assessments (MSNAs) were organised by OCHA and clusters in eight crises-affected countries to inform the Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan processes. This work was completed with the European Commission’s financial contribution, and the facilitation and support of REACH and other technical contributors.

During the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW), the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO) and REACH will host a panel discussion on the current state of the Grand Bargain commitments. The panel will discuss best practices from MSNAs and their further application.  


Opening remarks: Luca Pupulin, Executive Director, IMPACT Initiatives

Moderator: Claus Sorensen, former Director General, the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO)


  • Androulla Kaminara, Director, ECHO
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships, World Bank
  • Ramesh Rajasingham, Director, Coordination Division, OCHA
  • Frederic Roussel, Founder and Director of Development of ACTED; and President of Convergences

Date: Wednesday, 6 February from 14.00 to 15.30
Location: International Conference Centre of Geneva. Map here.

HNPW is a free event for emergency preparedness and response professionals. Register online to reserve your place.

Last updated 25/02/2019