Invest in Humanity

Accepting and acting upon our shared responsibilities for humanity requires political, institutional and financing investment.

To reduce the funding gap for humanitarian needs and to act on our responsibility to vulnerable people, we need to shift to humanitarian financing that invests in local capacities, is risk-informed, invests in fragile situations and incentivizes collective outcomes. This means increasing funding not only to response, but also to risk and preparedness, to protracted conflicts and to peacebuilding. It means boosting local response through more funding to national NGOs and to pooled funds and stopping blocks to crucial investments, such as remittances flows. This means being more creative about how we fund, using loans, grants, bonds and insurance mechanisms; by working with investment banks, credit card companies and Islamic social finance mechanisms, as well as with donors. It requires donors to be more flexible in the way they finance crises, including giving longer-term funding. And it requires aid agencies to be as efficient as possible and transparent about how they are spending their money. These transformations will only be effective if we put the financing of collective goals at the heart of our efforts, rather than supporting individual projects.

Agenda for Humanity Transformations

The Agenda for Humanity advocates for a number of strategic and normative transformations that are necessary in order to make it a reality. To invest in humanity, stakeholders need to:

Summary of Commitments made

* The count includes Core, Individual and Joint commitments

Participants at the World Humanitarian Summit made thousands of individual and joint commitments in support of the major transformations laid out in the Agenda for Humanity. These commitments represent tangible actions that support the implementation of a core commitment, or more broadly to help achieve the Agenda for Humanity.

The commitments related to Core Responsibility 5 underscored the call that there must be much greater investment in humanity: in local capacities, in reducing and acting on risk, in increasing stability in fragile contexts, and to increase the scale and efficiency of financial resources.

The Summit also generated major consensus that the quantity, diversity and quality of humanitarian funding needs to be increased in order to meet urgent humanitarian needs and reduce human suffering. There was also a strong push to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian action, including by empowering national and local humanitarian actors and channeling funding directly to them. Significant commitments were also made to increase flexible and predictable funding, develop multi-year financing solutions, and scale up the use of cash-based programming.

A selection of individual and joint commitments made

  • ACT Alliance Faith-based OrganisationGlobal

    By May 2018, ACT Alliance will revise and reform the ACT Alliance humanitarian response mechanisms in line with the direction set out in the UN Secretary General's Agenda for Humanity, including aiming to strengthen local capacities by reforming the ACT Rapid Response Fund so that it is targeted exclusively for national and local members and that it incentivizes greater investment in emergency preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience.

    • Commitment Type Financial
  • ACT Alliance Faith-based OrganisationGlobal

    By May 2018, ACT Alliance will significantly increase the proportion of its members' humanitarian funding that goes directly to local and national members and their partners for humanitarian response and emergency preparedness. It will seek to transparently report on this amount as ACT Alliance, and encourage individual members to do the same.

    • Commitment Type Operational
  • ACTIONAID NGOGlobal

    ActionAid commits to provide increased support by way of direct funding and capacity building to national and local NGOs by 2020. This support will empower and allow them to play a central role in the programming and delivering of principled and coordinated humanitarian assistance.

    • Commitment Type Financial