From public debates over aid budgets to the World Humanitarian Summit's focus on finance reform, there is a rising interest in demonstrating that humanitarian funds are being allocated effectively and efficiently. While the overarching goal of humanitarian assistance is to allocate funding according to need, in order to make a good job of this, humanitarian donors need evidence on needs, context, and the cost, quality and effectiveness of different intervention types.

This webinar will look at how evidence is used in donor decision making and priority setting, and the approaches that some donors have taken to improve the use of evidence in their funding allocations. What questions are donors seeking to answer when deciding how to allocate funds and set spending priorities? What tools are they using to do this in an evidence-driven way? Why is there such an interest in randomized control trials? Join us and our presenters to discuss this and more.

Drawing on the humanitarian financing expertise of Development Initiatives we will explore the role evidence and data are playing in shaping donor preferences and funding allocations. In particular, we will look at how the Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report has been used by decision makers in donor institutions to guide policy.

We'll then hear from British Government's Department for International Development (DFID), a leading donor voice on evidence with their Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence programme (HIEP). DFID will share reflections on how they use evidence generated through the HIEP to inform their own decision-making, with particular reference to identifying and supporting effective interventions.

Finally, to give us an informed perspective on how donors engage with evidence more broadly, we will draw on the insights of the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)ECHO has been leading a workstream within the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) initiative on this theme, and has commissioned a series of research and recommendations on how GHD members can improve their use of evidence. ________________________________________________________________________

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Speakers for this webinar:

Imogen Parsons Head of Humanitarian Innovation and Research, UK DFID

Julia Stewart-David Deputy Head of Unit, Disaster Risk Reduction, EU Aid Volunteers, ECHO

Sarah Dalrymple Senior Engagement Advisor, Development Initiatives


Bridging the gap webinar series This is the second webinar in ALNAP's 'Bridging the Evidence Gap' series, which highlights new tools, research and initiatives which have taken on a more evidence-driven approach to humanitarian action. Through this series we will explore the methodologies and creative designs on the cutting edge and their direct relevance to practitioners.

Find out more about the series and watch the first webinar here.

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