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First Reserve Allocation Guidance for CHF Eligible NGO Partners (Septermber 2016)

 
 
 
 
In 2016, the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) set aside US$5 million for the CHF Reserve, in consultation with the CHF Advisory Board. At the discretion of the HC, the CHF Reserve Allocation is activated at any time during the year to enable a rapid and flexible allocation of funds in the event of unforeseen emergencies, or contextually relevant, systemic needs. 

People on the Move

With over 1 million people anticipated to be displaced internally and across borders by the end of 2016, Afghanistan is facing a growing humanitarian crisis as highly vulnerable families face the severity of Afghan winter, many for the first time.
  1. Since July and August, there has been a significant spike in both voluntary refugee and undocumented Afghan returns from Pakistan prompted by increasing incidents of detention, forced evictions, police raids and harassment. With IOM reporting 10,000 – 20,000 per week and UNHCR reporting over 67,000 people in the month of August crossing over into Afghanistan, substantial increases in these rates are projected, with further influxes expected after Eid. Against the previous HRP projection of 69,000, UNHCR now anticipates approximately 200,000 registered refugee returnees (up to 15,000 per week), with IOM projecting as many as 400,000 undocumented returnees, by the end of the year.
  2. The current rate of internal conflict displacement is expected to continue unabated, with over 245,000 people having already been displaced thus far in 2016. Taking into account all those displaced within the country both to accessible and inaccessible areas, the total numbers are anticipated to reach between 300 and 400 thousand by the end of the year, against the previous HRP annual projection of 250,000.

 CHF 1st Reserve Allocation Decision & Proposed Interventions

Following the ICCT and HCT meetings held at the end of August, the HC activated the CHF Reserve Allocation on 4 September 2016 to respond to this recent substantial increase in the number of people on the move and to avert a potential humanitarian crisis as the winter season approaches.
Proposed interventions to be prioritized for funding:
  • Address the urgent unmet humanitarian needs of recently displaced populations, in particular for the forced displacement of undocumented populations crossing the border from Pakistan;
  • Target populations that are underserved and not already receiving assistance packages (eg from host government, UNHCR, etc);
  • Demonstrate up to date evidence, with results from recently conducted needs assessments/surveys and determination of immediate needs;
  • Provide access to basic essential services (in particular Health, Protection, WASH);
  • Cash transfer programming is encouraged, with clear justification and disbursement methodology and appropriate timing for PDM in consideration of seasonal / security access;
  • Adhere to protection mainstreaming1 and gender responsiveness criteria (see Annex 1)2;
  • Verified by relevant clusters to ensure alignment with the coordinated strategic response, agreed standards, target beneficiaries, duration and geographic prioritization;
  • Ensure the provision of assistance prior to the onset of winter.
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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
04 Sep 2016
Document type: 
Policy and Guidance
Location(s): 
Afghanistan
Theme(s): 
Humanitarian Financing