About the Fund


The Afghanistan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) is a pooled funding mechanism established in 2014 for humanitarian activities in Afghanistan. Under the overall authority of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), it is intended to give the HC greater ability to target funds to the most critical humanitarian needs, and enable efficient, rapid response to unforeseen circumstances.

Only humanitarian projects responding to needs as they are identified in the Afghanistan Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) are eligible for CHF funding. The CHAP outlines the annual strategic and operational plan for the UN and partners' assistance in Afghanistan and is developed in consultation with humanitarian clusters operating in the country. 

This website is not the official Afghanistan CHF website, but the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office information website on the Afghanistan CHF. To visit the official Afghanistan CHF website, click here

The Afghanistan CHF is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules.

Basic Facts about the CHF

Objectives and Allocations

The Afghanistan CHF has four main objectives:

  1. Promote needs-based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles.
  2. Improve  the  relevance  and  coherence  of  humanitarian  response  by  strategically funding assessed humanitarian action as identified in the CHAP process.
  3. Strengthen coordination and leadership, primarily through the cluster system and function of the HC.
  4. Support and strengthen priority clusters and regional priorities in accordance with identified needs.


The Afghanistan CHF is intended to improve humanitarian response by: providing early funding to the humanitarian actions; strengthening the planning and coordination process; tying the funding allocation to the CHAP; broadening participation in the CHAP; channeling funds towards the most urgent needs; and ensuring that funds are available for rapid responses to unforeseen circumstances. There are two mechanisms for allocating funds:

  • Standard allocations, which will be generally used to allocate the bulk of the resources and to ensure funding for priority projects in line with the CHAP. Every year two standard allocation will be facilitated.
  • A reserve allocation mechanism called the CHF Reserve, which will be used for the rapid and flexible allocation of funds in the event of unforeseen needs or to address strategic humanitarian need

The HC decides allocation of funds to support direct cost of the CHF.


Contacts for Policy and Programme Issues

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Kabul, Afghanistan
Mr. Mark Bowden, Humanitarian Coordinator: bowdenm@un.org
Mr. Aidan O'Leary, OCHA Head of Office: oleary@un.org
Ms. Laurianne Leca, OCHA Head of Programme Accountability: leca@un.org
Mr. George Petropoulos, OCHA Head of Programme and Strategy: petropoulos@un.org

Contacts for Fund Administrative Agent Issues

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme;
Mr. Yannick Glemarec, Executive Coordinator: yannick.glemarec@undp.org
Ms. Fiona Bayat, Portfolio Manager: fiona.bayat@undp.org