DRC Humanitarian Fund

The Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) is the main funding appeal mechanism in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This annual consolidated document organizes priorities of life-saving activities to be presented to UN Member States and other partners for funding. From 2014, DRC has embraced the HAP's new approach, bringing together a stronger overview of needs which the response must be based, and a stronger strategic response plan defining the response itself. The DRC has been one of the first countries embracing and piloting this approach, taking up the challenge of making the whole process much more strategic, evidence and needs-based, and action oriented.

The DRC process continues not to have projects in it. This has the advantages of preventing a reverse of the normal sequence, with projects coming before response planning and before considering needs. Given the unpredictability of the situation in the country, the lack of projects is also necessary so that the response can be further detailed as necessary, without setting boundaries at the beginning of the cycle. The first DRC appeal was launched in 2000. Since then, millions of dollars have been disbursed to help millions of people in dire need of help.

There are several funding mechanisms for the projects in line with the HAP objectives and priorities. Among those:

  1. The DRC Humanitarian Fund (DHF) is available to fund urgent humanitarian activities outlined in the HAP.
  2. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided funding to large emergencies in DRC since 2006 for projects in line with HAP objectives.
  3. Bilateral donors provide the bulk of funding directly to UN agencies’ and NGOs’ projects.

OCHA's management of these funds allows for a faster response to humanitarian needs. The HAP ensures coordination of humanitarian action in the country, while tracking funding facilitates transparency in how it is mobilized.