Common Humanitarian Fund

The CHF is a multi-donor pooled-fund mechanism. It provides flexible and predictable financing of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC).

In 2013, the CHF had received US$71 million in new contributions to fund projects in line with the HAP’s objectives and identified priorities. In addition to new contributions the Fund had a programmatic carryover of US$ 28,3 millions from the previous year. The CHF in DRC is called the Pooled Fund.

Fund allocations

The CHF provides grants to UN humanitarian agencies and international and national NGOs. The HAP provides overall strategic guidance for the CHF.
The CHF has two allocation modalities: the standard allocation and the reserve.

Each year, one standard allocation is conducted after a consultative process to allocate the bulk of funding. The HC also maintains a reserve fund as a rapid response mechanism to respond to unforeseen emergencies as they arise and to support strategic programmes, such as the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) and Rapid Response to the Movement of Populations (RRMP).

The CHF continues to be the largest source of funding for humanitarian projects in the DRC, representing approximately 11 per cent of funding received through the HAP in 2013.

Fund Source

Contributions 2013CHF funds are from UN Member State contributions. Current donors include Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Since its inception in 2006, the CHF has received $823 million in donor contributions and allo cated $814 million to humanitarian projects implemented by NGOs and UN agencies.

Fund Management

The HC is responsible for the use and management of the CHF. The OCHA Humanitarian Financing Section provides technical support to the HC on CHF allocations, while the UNDP Fund Management Unit (FMU) acts as the Managing Agent for all CFH-funded NGO projects. The UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office in New York acts as Administrative Agent of the Fund, managing financial transactions with donors and United Nations agencies.
CHF allocations are based on a participative and consultative process that engages humanitarian clusters and other relevant stakeholders at the country level in a comprehensive prioritization exercise.
An Advisory Board provides the HC with strategic guidance and advice and a Strategic Committee provides operational direction in managing the CHF. The board comprises members of the humanitarian community who represent the views of donors, UN agencies and the NGO community. More on RDC Humanitaire>>

The DRC Common Humanitarian Fund in 2013

During 2013, the Common Humanitarian Fund in the Democratic Republic of Congo continued to support humanitarian projects despite a significant decrease in contributions that resulted in a reduction in funding volume in 2013. A declining trend in donor contributions is observed after 2009 when the funding volume was at its peak, followed by a downward trend that started in 2010 with the exception of 2012 when donors aptly responded to the deterioration in the humanitarian situation due to escalations in armed conflict and violence against civilian population.

The CHF received US$ 71 million in new contributions from seven donors and allocated US$ 81 million to 111 humanitarian projects. The disbursement in percentage terms between the two funding modalities of the Fund, Standard and Reserve specific allocations, were 60% and 40% respectively. There was 5% increase in the Reserve disbursement level compared with last year. The Humanitarian Coordinator's approval to respond to the humanitarian crisis in South Irumu, North Kivu and Katanga for a total of USD 8 million have contributed to this increase in Reserve disbursements in late 2013. Out of the 111 projects funded, 71 were funded during the standard allocation proccess while 38 projects were funded through the Reserve. In 2013, 62% of the funds were allocated to international and national NGOs and 38% to UN agencies. 

The Pooled Fund is a common humanitarian financing mechanism established in 2006 at the initiative of humanitarian donors to support Humanitarian Reform. The Pooled Fund’s consultative allocation process is designed to efficiently and effectively allocate resources to respond to the humanitarian needs identified in the annual DRC Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP).

The 2012 Annual Report provides information and analysis on the donor contributions received, the allocations made, and the results achieved by the projects implemented during the year.