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About the Somalia HF

The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) is a multi-donor country-based pooled mechanism created in 2010 to allocate funding for the most urgent life-saving interventions in Somalia. Combining flexibility and strategic focus, the Fund ensures timely allocation and disbursement of resources, enables effective humanitarian action and strengthens coordination.

With the SHF, governments and private donors can channel their contributions into a common, unearmarked fund to deliver life-saving assistance to people who need it most.

SHF funds are prioritized and managed locally. The Fund supports the highest-priority projects of the best-placed responders  - mainly international and national NGOs and some UN agencies - through an inclusive and transparent process that meets priorities set out in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). This ensures that funding is available and prioritized locally by those closest to people in need.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia decides on SHF allocations based on strategic prioritization led by the inter-cluster coordination structure and upon the endorsement of the SHF Advisory Board. On a day-to-day basis, the SHF is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Since inception, the SHF allocated more than $400 million for critical humanitarian response in Somalia, gaining trust from donors due to its distinct comparative advantages – the unearmarked nature of the Fund and its flexibility, its robust and established accountability systems and its integration within the existing coordination systems.

2018 SHF priorities

In 2018, the SHF will continue to focus on famine prevention response, support for NGOs, particularly local partners, and promotion of integrated response.


SHF Reports

SHF 2016 Annual Report

SHF Interim Update 2016

CHF Annual Report 2015

CHF Annual Report 2014

CHF Interim Report 2014


Useful Links

Somalia Humanitarian Fund: 2017 Dashboard (March 2018)

Implementing Partners’ Survey

SHF Grant Management System (GMS) login

SHF Twitter feed

Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPF) business intelligence portal

Multi-partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office SHF website

Financial Tracking Service

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)