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About the Sudan Humanitarian Fund

The Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) is a cost-effective way to support humanitarian action in Sudan. Under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), the SHF aims to support the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs as defined by the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) or any agreed upon strategy by the HC. The SHF provides funding to international and national non–governmental organizations and UN agencies. The SHF receives voluntary donor contributions and supports humanitarian response year–round.

The SHF, established in 2006, has to date received more than US$1 billion from joint donor resources to meet the most critical needs identified by the humanitarian community.

Aims of the SHF

The SHF has three main objectives:

  1. To improve humanitarian response by increasing the extent to which funding is allocated to priority humanitarian needs through an inclusive and coordinated process at the field level.
  2. To strengthen the leadership of the HC.
  3. To contribute to the delivery of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) within the context of the Humanitarian Program Cycle (HPC) or any agreed upon strategy by the HC.

A specific positioning paper has been developed for the SHF to highlight the main strategic focus for 2017 and to serve as an overarching framework for 2017 allocations. It aims to make the funding more predictable and allows donors and other funding mechanisms to complement the Sudan Humanitarian Fund.

Further, the SHF aims to ensure that humanitarian needs are addressed in a collaborative manner, fostering cooperation and coordination within and between the Inter-Agency Sector Coordinators (IASC) present in Sudan and humanitarian organizations. As such, the SHF contributes to improving needs assessments, enhancing an endorsed strategic planning document for humanitarian action, strengthening coordination mechanisms, in particular the IASC sector system, and improving accountability through an enhanced monitoring and reporting framework.

Interventions supported by SHF aim to be consistent with the core humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.

Funding recipients

SHF funding is available to UN organizations and international and national NGOs that have passed a due diligence and capacity assessment. Most implementing partners have long–standing partnerships with the SHF and all undergo annual performance reviews to ensure continued quality and impact of their programmes. Programmatic guidance for SHF partners is available in the SHF Programme Manual.

In 2016, 47 partners were directly supported by SHF and NGOs received almost 60 per cent of the funding. Partnerships and support for national NGOs are important as they facilitate humanitarian response in areas of limited access whilst building the capacity of national partners. As such, the SHF is a major contributor to the Grand Bargain commitment to support national front line responders.

SHF donors

Since 2006, the SHF has received over $1.1 billion from nine donor countries. The SHF is trusted by donors due to its effectiveness, coordinated approach and established accountability systems – employing an exceptionally robust and reliable monitoring system. Contributions to the SHF are managed by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF).

How to donate?

Donors that wish to contribute to the SHF should contact SHF Technical Unit (OCHA Sudan) for more information. Individuals, corporations and foundations can also donate online.

Allocations Types

Standard Allocations

The bulk of SHF funding is allocated through one or, if funding allows, two standard allocation rounds. Eligible NGO partners apply for funding and undergo a rigorous selection process. Their interventions are assessed against prioritized needs, activities and geographical locations, ensuring a highly strategic and coordinated use of funds.

Reserve Allocations

The Reserve mechanism is a rapid, timely and flexible allocation mechanism that funds the sudden onset issues and critical needs as they arise. Approximately 20 per cent of the SHF’s annual contributions are set aside in the “Reserve for Emergencies”. It gives the HC the capacity to support immediate humanitarian response.

SHF Governance and Management

The Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) for Sudan oversees the fund and decides on funding allocations. In this role, the HC is supported by the SHF Technical Unit in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) including the fund’s managing agent UNDP Fund Management Unit (FMU), SHF Advisory Board and IASC coordination structures. A detailed description of SHF governance and procedures, including a detailed accountability and risk management framework can be found in the SHF Operational Manual.