The Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) supports the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs according to the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) or any agreed strategy, with direct guidance from the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC).
Sudan is a country with an ongoing large-scale, protracted, complex emergency, caused by years of conflict and displacement. There are also new needs due to incoming refugees and disease outbreaks. In 2017, the SHF funded solutions to an acute water shortage in a camp in Sortony, north of the Jebel Marra, and supported health centres and mobile clinics in Abyei, where no other actor was providing services. Recently, the HC directed funding to areas where access has opened in Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Through its Reserve for Emergencies, the SHF provides timely responses to issues such as the outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea and new arrivals of South Sudanese refugees.
Established in 2006, the SHF has received more than US$1.2 billion from joint donor resources to meet the most critical needs identified by the humanitarian community. The SHF receives voluntary donor contributions and supports year-round humanitarian response.
The SHF has three main objectives:
- To improve humanitarian response by increasing funding allocations to priority humanitarian needs through an inclusive and coordinated process at the field level.
- To strengthen the leadership of the HC.
- To contribute to the delivery of the HRP within the context of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) or any strategy agreed by the HC.
The SHF makes funding more predictable, providing donors and other funding mechanisms with timely information, thus enabling complementary funding for humanitarian projects [see SHF 2018 position paper]. The SHF aims to allocate 70 per cent of its funding directly to NGOs and currently works with 53 NGO partners.
The fund ensures that humanitarian needs are addressed in a collaborative manner, fostering cooperation and coordination within and between the Inter-Agency Sector Coordinators and humanitarian organizations in Sudan. It contributes to improve needs assessments, enhance strategic planning documents for humanitarian action, strengthen coordination mechanisms, and improve accountability through monitoring and reporting.
Interventions supported by the SHF are consistent with the core humanitarian principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.