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Map of DRC

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Fast Facts

In 2010, OCHA expects to face four major types of challenges, some of which have changed or intensified since 2009:

OCHA engagement in DRC is based on the following areas of action:

In 2010, OCHA engagement will entail the following plan of action:

In the first quarter of 2010, OCHA will work together with the government and the humanitarian community to develop criteria and conditions necessary for the opening/closing of sub-offices and antennae in the field, and ensure smooth transition from a humanitarian to a longer term development approach where appropriate.

The Pooled Fund in DRC: An Innovative Funding Mechanism

The Pooled Fund was established as a pilot in DRC in 2005 and became fully operation in 2006. It is supported by Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The Pooled Fund has increasingly attracted donor support and, in 2009, nine donors contributed to the fund for a total of $101 million.

The fund aims to ensure prompt, needs based allocation of humanitarian aid resources. It channels resources directly through the office of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and aims to increase the effectiveness of the humanitarian response based on the analysis of priority needs. The fund is comprised of a Standard Allocation window, and a Rapid Response Reserve (RRR), which is used as a rapid and flexible mechanism to fund emergency and priority projects, in particular through the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM). Since its inception, the Pooled Fund became the first source of funding of humanitarian programmes in DRC.

United Nations agencies and international and national NGOs have access to the fund through a participatory and inclusive decision-making process. CPIA (local inter agency standing committees) and clusters play a crucial role in the entire process. OCHA in collaboration with UNDP act as secretariat for the management of the fund through an integrated Pooled Fund Support Unit. Given the success of the DRC Pooled Fund, other countries are considering replicating this model.