Allocation Process

Under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), OCHA Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) Iraq aims to support the timely allocation of the Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF) and disbursement of donor resources to 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. In order to meet this goal, the IHF has two allocation processes.

  • Standard Allocation: Process through which most of the funds will be allocated to ensure funding for priority projects in line with the HRP, usually occurring twice a year after the launch of the annual HRP and following the HRP mid-year review, depending upon funding levels.
  • Reserve Allocation: More streamlined process used for the rapid and flexible allocation of funds set aside by the HC, taking place as required in the event of unforeseen emergencies or to immediately address strategic humanitarian needs.

The Standard and Reserve Allocations are completed within a specified timeframe to allow partners to respond in a timely manner.  For all allocations, the HC publishes an allocation strategy that specifies the sectors and activities eligible for funding, developed by OCHA in coordination with the relevant Clusters. The IHF Advisory Board reviews and endorses the allocation strategy paper.

The allocation strategy paper also lists the key strategic and technical criteria to which project proposals must adhere, including beneficiary targeting, monitoring requirements, and guidance on cross-cutting issues of access, protection mainstreaming and gender responsiveness in humanitarian response.

The project cycle of the IHF is managed in OCHA’s Grant Management System (GMS), an online platform which allows streamlined management of humanitarian financing processes and institutional knowledge of all Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPFs). IHF partners use this interface to submit project proposals, revisions and reports, and the HFU coordinates project review, monitoring and partner performance. 

In 2017, the IHF has allocated US$47.1 million under the Standard Allocation and $24.7 million through six Reserve Allocations. Together, they are funding 127 projects of 63 partners.

2017 Hawiga Reserve Allocation Strategy
2017 1st Standard Allocation Paper
2017 National NGO Reserve Allocation Paper
2016 2nd Standard Allocation Paper
2016 1st Standard Allocation Paper
2015 Reserve Allocation Paper