Officially launched in 2006, the DRC Humanitarian Fund (DRC HF) is one of the 17 oldest Country Based Pooled Fund (CBPF) in the world. It was created to allocate funding for the most urgent life-saving interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), helping in-country relief organizations to reach the most vulnerable people and use available resources more effectively and efficiently.
Over the last 12 years of operations, the DRC HF has mobilized and allocated more than 1 billion through 1461 projects, helping more than 72 million people.
The DRC HF has two allocation modalities: Standard Allocation and Reserve Allocations. The funded projects are up to 36 months in duration and implemented by national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international NGOs and United Nations agencies.
Since inception, the DRC HF has acquired great expertise in early recovery and livelihood interventions in DRC. It has also maintained its comparative advantage as a strategic tool that enables donors to pool their contributions to deliver a stronger collective response, regardless of the nature, location or mode of delivery of response.
The following objectives are guiding the DRC HF in 2019:
- Improve the humanitarian response by ensuring that funding is allocated to priority humanitarian needs through an inclusive and coordinated process;
- Strengthen the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator and support his coordinating role;
- Mobilize resources and support coordination in support of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
About the CBPFs
Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) are established when a new emergency occurs or when an existing crisis deteriorates. They are managed by OCHA under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator and in close consultation with the humanitarian community. The funds support the highest-priority projects of the best-placed responders (including international and national NGOs and UN agencies) through an inclusive and transparent process that supports priorities set out in Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs). This ensures that funding is available and prioritized locally by those closest to people in need.
The 17 CBPFs that were active in 2018 received US$957 million and allocated more than $792 million to 661 partners in 17 countries to support 1,365 critical humanitarian projects. These projects targeted millions of people with healthcare, food aid, clean water, shelter and other life-saving assistance. Since February 2019, with the launch of the Ukraine HF, OCHA manages 18 CBPFs.