To take advantage of the opportunity provided by the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, GHD organized a high-level event for members to re-affirm their commitment to the GHD principles and best practices as key enablers of effective humanitarian action and the WHS core commitments, as per the event’s Communique:

HIGH-LEVEL EVENT at the World Humanitarian Summit

May 24, 2016 


  1. We, the members of the Good Humanitarian Donorship initiative[1], convened at high level in Istanbul on 24 May 2016 at the World Humanitarian Summit to discuss the relevance and applicability of principled donorship in advancing the commitments of the World Humanitarian Summit and the UN Secretary General’s Agenda for Humanity. We offer special thanks to Turkey as host of this inaugural World Humanitarian Summit.
  2. As significant donors to international humanitarian action, we recognize that concrete progress will require effort and commitment by all humanitarian stakeholders. For donors in particular, we take careful note of the call by the Secretary-General to shift from funding to financing as we invest in humanity and to go from delivering aid to ending need through improved analysis and response.
  3. Through our participation and membership in the Good Humanitarian Donorship initiative (GHD), we have collectively committed to principled humanitarian donorship and mutual learning on best practices. We are convinced that principled donorship founded on identified good practice supports the overall effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian partners and enhances humanitarian action.
  4.  From its inception in 2003 with the  elaboration of the “23 Principles and Practices” to the development of new “Operational Best Practice” in 2016, GHD members have consistently demonstrated a commitment to work together to improve humanitarian outcomes through learning, research and dialogue on what it means to be a principled donor.
  5. We welcomed the World Humanitarian Summit as a further opportunity to assess and advance our collective commitment to principled donorship and at today’s High-Level Event we therefore reaffirmed our commitment to the GHD principles and best practices.
  6. Further, because good donorship starts with good partnership, and given that good practice by donors with commensurate good practice by partners is mutually dependent and reinforcing, GHD will continue to engage in close dialogue with operational partners and other donors on current and future work on best practice and principled donorship.
  7. In this spirit of inclusiveness, we are grateful to the partners beyond our membership who participated in and enriched our deliberations today. We welcome their continue interest in GHD.
  8. GHD members will meet throughout 2016 and 2017 to take forward this work and to support the implementation of WHS outcomes.

[1] The Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) initiative is an informal forum and network of 42 donors to international humanitarian action which facilitates collective advancement of the GHD principles and good practices. It recognises that, by working together, donors can more effectively encourage and stimulate principled donor behaviour and, by extension, improved humanitarian action. GHD members present at our meeting today include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (Co-Chair), Denmark, Estonia, ECHO, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, OIC, the Republic of Korea, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Co-Chair), with Turkey as observer and host State of the WHS.