Resource mobilization: FTS and Pooled Funds
The Financial Tracking Service (FTS) provides the humanitarian community with a data aggregation and curation service for funding in response to humanitarian emergencies – and a unique, open data platform for visibility and transparency:
- FTS works with government donors, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), UN agencies and funds, NGOs, OCHA field offices and others to collect, validate, curate and continuously update humanitarian funding data
- it monitors funding progress on humanitarian response plans, regional response plans and flash appeals
- it provides information to inform coordination, decision-making and advocacy.
FTS is based in OCHA’s Programme Support Branch (PSB) in Geneva and can be reached at email@example.com.
OCHA manages two types of pooled funds for the rapid provision of assistance in humanitarian emergencies. These mechanisms, which are funded by the voluntary contributions of over 126 countries and private sector donors, have since their creation disbursed billions of dollars in aid to millions of people in dire need in over 85 countries.
- Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF): a global humanitarian pooled fund that provides rapid initial funding through UN agencies for life-saving assistance at the onset of humanitarian crisis, and critical support for poorly funded, essential humanitarian response operations.
- Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPFs). CBPFs are a humaitarian pooled funds established at country-level and managed under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC). CBFs allocate funding based on identified humanitarian needs and priorities in line with the humanitarian programme cycle (HPC) and in support of strategic and humanitarian response plans (SRPs/HRPs). Allocations go to national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations, UN agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).