Iraq Humanitarian Fund

The Iraq Humanitarian fund (IHF) (formerly Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund) is a pooled fund led by the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and managed by OCHA. Established in June 2015, the IHF quickly became one of the largest country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) in the world[1]. The Fund supports humanitarian partners respond to the complex and dynamic crisis in Iraq, including through direct funding to national frontline responders.

The IHF facilitates timely resource mobilization for the most critical humanitarian needs as defined by the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), while retaining flexibility to allocate funds to unforeseen emergency needs and critical gaps as they emerge. From 2016 to 2017, the Fund has addressed escalating humanitarian needs in the wake of military offensives to retake areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) including Fallujah and Mosul. For the Mosul response, the IHF was among the first, fastest and largest funding mechanisms available for humanitarian partners, contributing over 15 per cent of the US$284 million Mosul Flash Appeal.

In February 2018, the IHF launched the year's first Standard Allocation, through which up to $34.5 million will be allocated to support partners implement priority activities of the 2018 HRP. This includes assistance to vulnerable populations in areas where displaced families are returning, support to principled returns and service provision in the remaining displacement camps.

IHF allocations have been made possible thanks to generous contributions from the governments of United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland, United States, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Canada and Cyprus.

The objectives of the IHF are to:

  1. Support life-saving and life-sustaining activities while filling critical funding gaps;
  2. Promote needs-based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles;
  3. Strengthen coordination and leadership primarily through the function of the HC and by leveraging the cluster system;
  4. Improve the relevance and coherence of humanitarian response by strategically funding priorities as identified under the HRP; and
  5. Expand the delivery of assistance in hard-to-reach areas by partnering with national and international NGOs.

Having received US$243 million in donor contributions since its launch, the IHF has allocated over $180 million towards emergency assistance to people affected by conflict and displacement in Iraq. In 2015, the Fund allocated $22.3 million supporting 26 partners and 38 projects across 8 sectors. In 2016, the IHF allocated $88.3 million, including $45.3 million towards Mosul preparedness and response activities, supporting 55 partners and 135 projects across all 11 sectors. In 2017, the Fund allocated $76.5 million, including $47.1 million under the Standard Allocation and $29.4 million under seven Reserve Allocations, together supporting 64 partners and 133 projects across 13 sectors[1][2].

[1]In 2017, the IHF received $77.1 million in donor contributions and allocated $76.5 million, and was the third-largest CBPF globally.

[2]The latest contribution and allocation information of the Fund can be found at the Business Intelligence module of the CBPF Grant Management System