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Allocation process

The DRC Humanitarian Fund operates with two allocation modalities: Reserve and Standard.


Standard Allocations are large, strategic allocations, to fund multi-sectoral humanitarian interventions of up to 36 months with a strong focus on building community resilience. Allocations are targeted thematically or geographically, and focus on prioritized needs, activities and geographical locations identified in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), ensuring a highly strategic and coordinated use of funds.


  • Support targeted priorities within the HRP
  • Funding priorities set by the Humanitarian Coordinator after consultation with the Advisory Board of the DRC HF and on the basis of the proposals transmitted by the Joint Unit for Humanitarian Financing (JUHF) 
  • Participatory and inclusive allocation process
  • Longer and comprehensive planning process
  • Open to all DRC HF eligible partners (always competitive)
  • Allocation envelopes are relatively larger
  • DRC HF-funded projects up to 36 months and can be implemented by individual or consortium partners.


Reserve Allocations are a more rapid and flexible allocation mechanism, to tackle sudden-onset emergencies or the deterioration of existing crises.



  • Intended to be rapid and flexible allocation to unforeseen circumstances
  • Quicker and lighter process
  • Pre-selection of partners (capacity to respond, risk levels, field presence etc.)
  • Participation and inclusion are limited in the allocation process
  • No call for proposals; based on recommendations of the regional humanitarian teams ('CRIO'), the JUHF preselects the partners
  • Executive decision-making by the Humanitarian Coordinator
  • Relatively smaller envelopes
  • Duration of maximum 12 months


Projects are selected for funding through a transparent and competitive process, assessed using standardized score cards. Those that best respond to the prioritized needs, activities and geographical locations in the allocation strategy are selected for funding.


The Humanitarian Coordinator, in consultation with the DRC HF Advisory Board, decides on the most critical needs to be funded. The CRIO define the priority sectors and geographic areas in their area of responsibility, and the Cluster coordinators work with their regional counterparts and cluster partners to define the cluster-specific priorities in prioritized geographical areas, which are reflected in individual allocation strategies.