In 2016, the Grand Bargain between humanitarian actors and major donors declared a ‘participation revolution’ with the aim of putting more power in the hands of crisis-affected people to influence the decisions affecting their lives. Five years on, there is broad consensus that this ‘revolution’ has failed to bring about substantive change. Multiple studies in widely differing contexts have shown that humanitarian action remains firmly supply-driven, with affected communities fulfilling—at best—a subordinate, consultative role in key decisions. The recent proposal for a new, ombuds-like Independent Commission for Voices in Crisis by the outgoing UN Humanitarian Coordinator is a tacit admission that current approaches to reform aren’t working, and that something profound needs to change. Th ..