Iraq Humanitarian Fund

The Iraq Humanitarian fund (IHF) (formerly Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund) is a pooled fund led by the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and managed by OCHA. Established in June 2015, the IHF quickly became one of the largest country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) in the world[1]. The Fund supports humanitarian partners respond to the complex and dynamic crisis in Iraq, including through direct funding to national frontline responders.

The IHF facilitates timely resource mobilization for the most critical humanitarian needs as defined by the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), while retaining flexibility to allocate funds to unforeseen emergency needs and critical gaps as they emerge. From 2016 to 2017, the Fund has addressed escalating humanitarian needs in the wake of military offensives to retake areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) including Fallujah and Mosul. IHF-funded projects have provided assistance to displaced people affected by the conflict as well as host communities whose coping capacity became overstretched.

IHF allocations have been made possible thanks to generous contributions from the governments of United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland, United States, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Canada and Cyprus.

The objectives of the IHF are to:

  1. Support life-saving and life-sustaining activities while filling critical funding gaps;
  2. Promote needs-based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles.
  3. Strengthen coordination and leadership primarily through the function of the HC and by leveraging the cluster system;
  4. Improve the relevance and coherence of humanitarian response by strategically funding priorities as identified under the HRP; and
  5. Expand the delivery of assistance in hard-to-reach areas by partnering with national and international NGOs.

Having received US$200 million in donor contributions since its launch, the IHF has allocated over $168 million towards emergency assistance to people affected by conflict and displacement in Iraq[2]. In 2015, the IHPF allocated $22.3 million supporting 26 partners and 38 projects. In 2016, the IHF allocated $88.3 million, including $45.3 million towards Mosul preparedness and response activities, supporting 55 partners and 135 projects across 11 sectors: Shelter and Non-food Items (NFI), WASH, Health, Food Security, Protection, Education, Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA), Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), Emergency Livelihoods and Social Cohesions (ELSC), and Coordination and Support Services (CSS). In 2017, the Fund has so far allocated $58 million supporting 62 partners and 104 projects.


[1]In 2016, the IHF received over $102 million in donor contributions and became the second largest of the 17 CBPFs managed globally. In terms of allocation size, it was the third-largest, having allocated $88.3 million in the same year.

[2]The latest contribution and allocation information of the Fund can be found at the Business Intelligence module of the CBPF Grant Management System