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The AHF eligibility process ensures transparency and inclusiveness in humanitarian financing. It is fully accountable to affected communities, implementing partners and those contributing to it.

Partnerships are sought with national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as they are usually better suited to provide emergency assistance due to their access and experience in Afghanistan’s high-priority geographical areas. Where NGOs are dependent on UN agencies for pipeline supplies, AHF allocations to respective UN agencies are supported. Ultimately, the determination of whether NGO or UN agencies are supported through the AHF is determined by the comparative advantage of each organization to deliver the articulated response.

As risk management is one of the main pillars of the AHF Accountability Framework, the main objective of the AHF eligibility process is to ensure that the HFU is equipped with the necessary information about the operational capacities of national and international non-governmental partners who will gain access to AHF funding. As the level of operational, financial and reputational risks are considered to be substantial in Afghanistan, interested NGOs participate in a two-step eligibility process in order to become AHF partners and apply for funding under the AHF allocations.

The Due Diligence Review is meant to ensure that only organizations that meet the minimum requirements are recommended for step two, i.e. the Partner Capacity Assessment, as it is a time-consuming and costly process for the partner and the HFU.
NGOs interested in becoming AHF partners should contact the HFU at