Myanmar Humanitarian Fund

The Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) is an OCHA-managed country-based pooled funding mechanism which enables the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) to provide an emergency response and timely assistance to urgent or chronic humanitarian needs of people affected by natural disaster or conflict. Prior to 2015, the MHF was known as the Myanmar Emergency Response Fund (ERF). Up to 2013, the Fund was known as the Humanitarian Multi-Stakeholder Fund (HMSF).

Since 2007, the MHF has mobilized US$39 million for 101 projects, providing assistance to more than 1.35 million affected people. In 2017, the MHF was activated four times, and provided US$9.8 million through four allocations responding to crises in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan, as well as supporting the priorities set out in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and responding to cyclone Mora in Rakhine. Allocations targeted both for internally displaced persons and the host communities, across targeted areas in clear linkage with the strategic objectives defined by the HRP, updated assessments and existing humanitarian coordination mechanisms. As of 1st March 2018, the MHF has received $5.1 million in contributions from four donors, including a pledged amount of $3.9 million. Contributions from at least three donors are expected in the coming months.

Funding Allocation Process

The MHF can provide urgent response in all humanitarian sectors and in all geographical areas of Myanmar on the basis of the identified humanitarian needs. However, the MHF will pay special attention to cluster/sector priorities described in the Myanmar HRP.

There are two types of allocations, standard and reserve:

  • The Standard Allocation is normally the process through which the majority of funding is channelled to priority activities within the HRP. Funding permitting, two standard allocation processes would normally be conducted during a year, based on allocation strategy papers formulated under the leadership of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), supported by the MHF Advisory Board.
  • The Reserve Allocation process is used for the rapid and flexible allocation of funds in the event of unforeseen emergencies or to address emerging humanitarian needs. It accommodates allocations which respond to specific humanitarian situations necessitating a coordinated response outside the standard allocations.

Once a new emergency hit the country or critical gaps in the core humanitarian response need to be addressed, the MHF will undertake a consultation and analysis process to elaborate an allocation strategy paper for a call for proposals. The allocation strategy paper is developed in collaboration with partners, clusters/sectors, the MHF Advisory Board and the Humanitarian Coordinator, in close consultation with the Humanitarian Country Team.

The project proposals must be submitted online through the Grant Management System (GMS) at, as per deadline and criteria indicated in the allocation strategy paper. A Review Committee, composed of relevant sectors and clusters coordinators, thematic advisors and OCHA will conduct a Strategic Review of proposals, based on a scorecard for project prioritization and technical criteria. Short-listed proposals will be submitted to the Advisory Board for comments and preliminary HC’s approval. After that, the Review Committee will conduct technical and budget review and will work with the applicant organizations to revise the proposals. Final project proposals will be submitted to OCHA HQ for budget clearance and grant finalization.

Eligibility Process

In line with the Global Guidelines for Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPF), the MHF Operational Manual and eligibility guidance documents that govern its management, national NGOs, international NGOs and UN Agencies are eligible to MHF grants. However, the MHF will only fund active NGOs which have completed the due diligence process through the online Grant Management System (GMS), have undergone the capacity assessment process and become eligible to receive the Fund. Active participation in the humanitarian coordination system at sub-national level, including the sectoral coordination, will be also considered during the evaluation of the project proposal for funding.

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A consortium approach with several partners working in cooperation is encouraged: several partners can either apply together with one partner taking the lead. The objective would be for partners to either deliver the same package of assistance in different geographical areas or to complement each other’s work (i.e. different organisation deliver different relief assistance in the same community).

Partnership with national humanitarian actors is also strongly encouraged. Clear and identifiable coaching, mentoring, and capacity building activities should be integrated as much as possible. However, whilst these activities can form a sub-set of the overall outcome of the project, they cannot represent the main output of the project. Organizations that have not yet completed MHF eligibility process can be sub-implementing partners to an eligible organisation. However, the signatory organisation will bear full responsibility for the work and actions of its sub-implementing partners.

Feedback and Complaints

With main purpose to ensure transparency, accountability and effectiveness of the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) management, a dual system of feedback and complaints mechanism is established within the MHF performance framework. One part of this system addresses directly any concern or complaint made by the MHF partners. The other part focuses in any concern and complaint from MHF funded projects’ beneficiaries and other stakeholders involved in the implementation process.

  • MHF Partners: Insufficiently addressed concerns or complaints by partners regarding MHF processes or decisions can be submitted at any point in time to a dedicated email address: Communications can include also reports on fraud and malfeasance. Complaints will be compiled, reviewed and raised to the HC, who will then take a decision on necessary action(s). When relevant, the HC will share with the Advisory Board any concerns or complaints and actions taken thereof. Complaints will be compiled, reviewed and raised to the HC, who will then take a decision on necessary action(s). The HC will share with the Advisory Board any such concerns or complaints and actions taken thereof.
  • MHF Beneficiaries: In order to facilitate the communication of any concern or complaint by project beneficiaries or other stakeholders related to the MHF funded project implementation, partners are requested to disseminate and publish the OCHA Humanitarian Financing Unit’s contacts (, +95 1230 5682 ext. 204) in a visible place in the locations designated to implement MHF funded interventions, taking into consideration conflict-sensitivity analysis and other protection concerns, if any. OCHA HFU will compile, reviewed and raised to the OCHA Head of Office and the concerned partner, who will agree on necessary action(s), as needed. The OCHA HFU will share with the Advisory Board any such concern or complains and actions taken thereof.

Useful Links

MHF General Information

MHF Guidelines

MHF Documents

The Grant Management System (GMS)

2017 MHF Allocations