This report provides an overview of the approaches and platforms used by donor organizations at the funding, procuring, and reporting stages of humanitarian and development operations. The authors illustrate the barriers to entry for innovators who may have solutions for donation recipients — international aid and development organizations.

They found that no coherent system tracks aid flows throughout development and humanitarian aid processes. Furthermore, little transparency exists in exiting reporting systems, and there is a need to clarify responsibilities and create a coherent, user-friendly format for reporting and verification.

The authors make concrete recommendations for improving the overall situation.

Key recommendations:

  • Clarify responsibilities for the reporting process for all stakeholders;
  • Harmonize and improve reporting formats for efficacy and transparency;
  • Improve the entry of innovations by:
    – improving transparency starting from procurement and moving through execution to reporting and evaluation;
    – providing better guidance and verification for reporting for solution providers; and
    – developing a more user-friendly platform and information flow/guidance for solution providers in the humanitarian procurement system.