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Second Standard Allocation Strategy and Annexes (August 2016)



The Allocation Strategy

The Afghanistan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) was established in January 2014 under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC). The objective of the CHF is to promote needs based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles, to respond to the most urgent needs, and strengthen coordination and leadership of the HC.
The CHF enables a strategic response to address gaps in delivering priority actions in the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). The priorities identified for funding under the envelopes of this Allocation Strategy have been identified following an inter cluster led Mid-Year Review of the HRP. The review exercise assessed progress in the first six months of the year compared to targets and priorities set by each sector; identified contextual changes impacting humanitarian needs; and considered newly available data pointing to additional or exacerbated humanitarian needs that have emerged or developed over the past six months.
This comprehensive joint analysis informed a prioritization exercise through which the most urgent humanitarian needs and response gaps were determined. The criteria for prioritisation took into account where most lives could be saved; geographical areas most severely affected; which activities are time critical or critically enabling and which activities maximise cost efficiencies and value for money. This strategy paper therefore reflects a robust analysis of where and how to allocate critical resources where they are most needed over the coming months.
The total amount of funding available for this allocation is c. $23 million. The funding will be allocated to address the following priorities:
  1. Provide critical treatment for children under five and pregnant and lactating women with acute malnutrition - particularly targeted to underserved conflict IDPs and refugees;
  2. Ensure emergency first aid and trauma capability to treat an increasing number of conflict casualties;
  3. Address urgent protection concerns, basic service and assistance gaps, and reduce ERW casualties among people recently displaced by conflict;
  4. Identify and address neglected shelter gaps and food insecurity threats among families who lost their homes and livelihoods in past natural disaster events and remain extremely vulnerable;
  5. Strengthen humanitarian coordination and enhance the quality of data gathering and needs analysis to inform future response programme design at a strategic level;
  6. Maintenance of an Emergency Reserve of $5 million, to enable flexible response to new, unforeseen humanitarian emergencies. To be activated by the HC as and when need arises.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
12 Aug 2016
Document type: 
Humanitarian Financing
Coordination hub(s): 
National Coordination