Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF)
About the Fund
The Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) – Afghanistan is one of OCHA’s Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPF) established in 2014 for swift and strategic humanitarian action in Afghanistan. Under the overall authority of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), the Fund is intended to give the HC greater ability to target funds to the most critical humanitarian needs, and enable efficient, rapid response to unforeseen emergencies. The HC receives support for the strategic and operational direction of the CHF from an Advisory Board, OCHA-Afghanistan, the Cluster Leads, the Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU), and an Administrative Agent.
The CHF is a strategic funding tool with three key objectives:
- to support humanitarian partners (national and international NGOs, UN Agencies and IOM) to address the most pressing evidence-based needs in accordance with humanitarian principles;
- to improve the relevance and coherence of humanitarian response by strategically funding assessed humanitarian action as identified in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) process;
- to strengthen coordination and leadership through the function of the HC and the humanitarian cluster system.
In close coordination with humanitarian clusters operating in the country, only humanitarian projects responding to needs identified in OCHA’s annual HRP are eligible for funding during a CHF Allocation. The HRP outlines the strategic and operational plan for the coordination of assistance by UN agencies and NGO partners in Afghanistan and is developed in consultation with the Clusters.
OCHA’s Grant Management System (GMS) is a standard online platform for the management of all CBPFs. CHF partners use this interface to submit project proposals and reports, and the HFU coordinates project review, monitoring and partner performance. The GMS Business Intelligence is a newly developed tool to display the data in meaningful and useful structure which will help user to analyse the ongoing business process with a consolidated view.
The HFU acts as the managing agent for the Fund, including allocation processes and oversight of the entire funding cycle from the opening of an allocation to the closure of projects, whilst providing technical support and policy advice to the HC and ensuring compliance with the minimum requirements outlined in the Global Guidelines for CBPFs,. With technical assistance from OCHA’s Information Management Unit, HFU also generates periodic public information products, updates and an annual report at appropriate stages during the year. In addition, CHF projects are often featured in the Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin distributed via webmail and the OCHA and Humanitarian Response Info Websites.
The CHF is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules. Donors contributing to the CHF Afghanistan sign a Standard Administrative Arrangement (SAA), which includes information regarding the terms, conditions, and payment modality of contributions, a standard agreement donors use to channel the funding to various UN Multi-Partner Trust Funds. In addition, MPTF maintains the publicly accessible GATEWAY with statements of donor commitments, deposits and transfers, and other financial information related to the CHF.
Additional information and resources on life-saving assistance through pooled funds managed by OCHA can be found here: http://www.unocha.org/what-we-do/humanitarian-financing/overview.
Infographics and Maps
- 2018 CHF First Standard Allocation Strategy and Annexes
- 2017 CHF 2nd Standard Allocation Strategy and Annexes
- Afghanistan: Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) - First Standard Allocation Strategy, Timeline and Guidance (February 2017)
- First Reserve Allocation Guidance for CHF Eligible NGO Partners (Septermber 2016)
- Second Standard Allocation Strategy and Annexes (August 2016)
- First Standard Allocation Strategy and Guidance (May 2016)
- First Standard Allocation Strategy 2016 - Emergency Response to IDP
- CHF Afghanistan - Second Reserve Allocation - Earthquake Response (November 2015)
- CHF Afghanistan - Second Standard Allocation Strategy Paper (September 2015)
- CHF Afghanistan - First Standard Allocation Strategy Paper & Annexes (March 2015)
- CHF Afghanistan - Second Allocation Strategy & Annexes (August 2014)
- CHF Afghanistan - First Allocation Strategy & Annexes (March 2014)
Governance, Policy and Guidance to Partners
- Afghanistan: Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) - Standard Allocation Strategy 2017
- CHF Afghanistan - Terms of Reference
- CHF Afghanistan - Operational Manual 2015
- CHF Afghanistan - Allocation Guidelines
- CHF Afghanistan - Accountability Framework
- CHF Afghanistan - Memorandum of Understanding
- CHF Afghanistan: Communications & Visibility for Partners - Guidance Note
- CHF Afghanistan: Remote Call Campaigns - Guidance Note for Partners
- CHF Afghanistan: Remote Call Campaigns Flyer
- CHF Afghanistan - Environmental Marker OCHA Guidelines
- CHF Afghanistan - Gender Marker Guidance
Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU)