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Eligible EHF recipients include UN agencies, NGOs and the Ethiopian Red Cross. Eligibility determination for international and national NGOs follows a three-step process: registration, due diligence and capacity assessment. The capacity-assessment process is an essential part of the fund’s accountability framework and a fundamental element of all OCHA-managed pooled funds endorsed by donors and implementing partners.

To determine eligibility, the EHF assesses the institutional, managerial, financial and technical capacity of each NGO that seeks funding. Eligible NGOs are then categorized according to a specific risk rating, which determines the minimum standard operational modalities applicable to the partner throughout the grant management cycle.