The IHF has two allocation processes:
- Standard allocation: A process through which most of the funds will be allocated to ensure funding for priority projects in line with the HRP, usually occurring twice a year after the launch of the annual HRP and following the HRP mid-year review, depending on funding levels.
- Reserve allocation: A more streamlined process used for the rapid and flexible allocation of funds set aside by the HC, taking place as required in the event of unforeseen emergencies or to immediately address critical funding gaps.
The standard and reserve allocations are completed within a specified time frame to allow partners to respond in a timely manner. For all allocations, the HC publishes an allocation strategy that specifies the sectors and activities eligible for funding, developed by OCHA in coordination with the relevant clusters. The IHF Advisory Board reviews and endorses the allocation strategy paper.
The allocation strategy paper also lists the key strategic and technical criteria to which project proposals must adhere, including beneficiary targeting, monitoring requirements, and guidance on cross-cutting issues of access, protection mainstreaming and gender responsiveness in humanitarian response.
The IHF project cycle is managed in OCHA’s Grant Management System, an online platform that allows streamlined management of humanitarian financing processes and institutional knowledge of all CBPFs. IHF partners use this interface to submit project proposals, revisions and reports, and the HFU coordinates project review, monitoring and partner performance.