Narrative extracted from the "The New Way of Working" examined: An ICVA briefing paper.
The New Way of Working (NWoW) is a method of work. It is when a diverse range of humanitarian, development, and – when appropriate – peace actors work towards collective outcomes over multiple years based on their comparative advantage.i The approach is context specific, and is meant to reinforce (rather than replace) existing national and local capacities. It is especially relevant in protracted crises. The goal of the NWoW is to reduce need, risk and vulnerability in line with the 2030 Agenda. The NWoW is not a goal in and of itself, and should not be confused with other approaches sharing similar aspirations.
A result or impact that is:
When one individual, group or institution is the best placed to act, given its superior capacity and expertise to meet needs and contribute to the reduction of risk and vulnerability. An organization’s mandate does not necessarily give it the comparative advantage in every context.
In some cases where there is an acute conflict or protection crisis it might not be feasible to pursue development goals, whilst in others national priorities might not be reconcilable with providing assistance and protection based on need.
MULTI-YEAR TIMEFRAMES USUALLY 3-5 YEARS
Actors share a common understanding of risks, needs, gaps and capacities. This is done when all relevant actors come together to:
Actors agree on a set of collective outcomes and then plan backwards from envisioned 3 – 5 year results. They start by asking:
An empowered UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) facilitates and connects actors in country regarding:
Financing is tied to collective outcomes rather than projects. It includes: