The Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) is a pooled fund managed by the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) with operational support from OCHA. Established in March 2006, the EHF aims to support the timely disbursement of funds to the most critical humanitarian needs in the context of both the annual Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) and emerging unforeseen emergency needs. Contributors to the EHF include the Governments of the United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United States of America.
The four main objectives of the EHF are to:
1. Ensure more adequate, timely, flexible and effective humanitarian financing through the use of the pooled funding mechanism;
2. Empower the humanitarian coordinator system;
3. Support development of the cluster approach to coordination;
4. Improve partnerships between UN and non-UN actors.
Through its cooperative decision-making process, the EHF (2006 -2015) has allocated approximately US$ 290 million in emergency assistance, addressing sectoral needs in major emergencies stemming from hazards such as drought, floods and disease outbreaks, including complex emergencies such as displacement consequences. In 2016, the EHF has allocated US$ 74 million supporting 80 projects (of which 66 NGOs and 14 UN) in the Nutrition, WASH, health, logistics, education, protection, Non-Food Items and agriculture sectors.
EHF in Brief (2016)