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CHF Afghanistan - Annual Report 2015

Executive Summary:

Strategic Allocations: In 2015, the CHF-Afghanistan proved its importance as a strategic tool for a flexible and timely response to address new and emerging critical humanitarian needs. Under the leadership of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), the CHF disbursed US$37.9 million to projects addressing critical gaps and prioritized needs, particularly for the huge increase in internally
displaced persons (IDPs).
The whole of the second reserve allocation was given to answering the urgent needs of families affected by the large scale 7.5 magnitude earthquake on 26 October, where the priority was getting assistance to families before winter arrived in the mountains. No other donor money was expressly made available for this response. Together with the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the UN humanitarian pooled fund provided the lions’ share of the new money made available to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs after the fall of Kunduz and the October earthquake. The CHF proved itself as a speedy and flexible fund to enable critical humanitarian response in Afghanistan.
Timely Response: Managed by OCHA’s Humanitarian Financing Unit(HFU), the processes for CHF Standard and Reserve Allocations were an average 25% more timely in 2015 than in 2014.
Strengthened leadership: The programmatic focus and funding priorities of the CHF are set by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator. In 2015, the HC directed the CHF to respond to the intensification and expansion of conflict, the upsurge of conflict-induced displacement and the rapid increase in returns and deportees from Iran and Pakistan, urgent humanitarian needs after the fall of Kunduz and the October earthquake.
NGO inclusiveness and equity: There were 58 eligible international and national NGO partners (44 INGOs, 14 NNGOs) of the CHF in 2015, a 32% increase over 2014. In 2015, 57% of the CHF was allocated to 45 NGO projects, compared to 32% to 22 NGO projects in 2014.
Prioritized Needs: The Health sector received the largest share of the Fund in 2015, for the provision of life-saving trauma and basic health services in areas where no health care was being delivered. The Nutrition sector was the next principal recipient for the treatment of the acutely malnourished in high priority provinces. The CHF also provided urgent multi-sector humanitarian assistance for Pakistani refugees and undocumented Afghan returnees along national borders and in congested areas, while addressing the critical needs of due to a surge in IDPs affected by conflict and natural disasters in the Central, Eastern, Northern and Northeastern provinces of Afghanistan.
Cash Programming: In 2015, a much larger share of the CHF was spent through direct cash transfers totaling US$6 million across all CHF allocations in 2015. In the form of multi-purpose unconditional grants, cash for food and cash for work, particular attention was given to access constraints, market functionality and the vulnerability of the beneficiaries to protect the
lives and dignity of those affected. 
Resource mobilization to meet increased needs: Two new donors joined the CHF in 2015: Germany and Denmark. The Fund grew 3.5% over 2014, with US$38.5 million contributed by seven donors, representing 13% of the total contributions to the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) in 2015. The Governments of Germany and the Republic of Korea responded to the
earthquake affected families by giving new money to the CHF for emergency assistance.
Leader of Country Based Pooled Funds: Established in 2014, the CHF-Afghanistan is the flagship of OCHA’s Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs). The CBPF Global Guidelines and Operational Manual released in 2015 was based upon the experiences and lessons-learned in Afghanistan, and also contributed to the Annual CBPF workshop and ongoing development of the Grant
Management System (GMS).
Stakeholders’ excellent impression of the CHF: The key findings from the 2015 Annual Stakeholder Survey include strengths in support of coordination mechanisms, focus on prioritized humanitarian needs, and transparency. Areas of concern include the length of allocation process, lack of consultation at regional level, and lack of sustainability.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
18 Jun 2016
Document type: 
Annual Report
Humanitarian Financing
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination