The DRC Humanitarian Fund (DRC HF) a multi-donor country-based pooled mechanism created in 2006 to allocate funding to the most urgent life-saving interventions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Funds are allocated to activities that have been prioritized as the most urgent and strategic to address critical humanitarian needs in the country in close alignment with the DRC Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). It also funds interventions to immediately respond to sudden onset crises or rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the country.
The main objectives of the DRC HF are:
- 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.
Funds received from donor countries are unearmarked and allocated in response to priority humanitarian needs on the basis of joint planning and an inclusive, field-focused decision-making process. The funds are used to finance humanitarian projects implemented by national and international NGOs, organisations of the Red Cross Movement and UN Agencies, eligible partners of the DRC Humanitarian Fund.
In addition, the DRC FH aims to ensure that the response to humanitarian needs is carried out in a spirit of collaboration, encouraging cooperation and coordination within and between Clusters and humanitarian organizations.
Over 14 years of operations, the DRC HF has mobilized and allocated more than US$1.2 billion through 1,563 projects, helping more than 74 million people.
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.