The Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) is an OCHA-managed country-based pooled funding mechanism which enables the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) to provide an emergency response and timely assistance to urgent or chronic humanitarian needs of people affected by natural disaster or conflict. Prior to 2015, the MHF was known as the Myanmar Emergency Response Fund (ERF). Up to 2013, the Fund was known as the Humanitarian Multi-Stakeholder Fund (HMSF).
Since 2007, the MHF has mobilized US$62 million from donors, providing life-saving assistance to 2.6 million people through 152 projects. Throughout 2019, the MHF has been activated in three occasions: in May, through a first reserve allocation of US$1.5 million, under a larger Integrated Allocation Strategy to respond to the new displacement in Rakhine State, together with the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF); in July, through a first standard allocation of US$8 million against the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP); and, currently, through a second standard allocation of US$6 million, still in the project selection process. This last allocation aims at addressing urgent needs in the most crisis-affected states across Myanmar, including Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States and the South-East part of Myanmar. In addition, agriculture support for flood-affected farmers in Kachin and the South-East, seriously affected by monsoon rains in 2019, has been prioritized in this allocation.
Considering the two initial allocations for US$9.4 million, MHF is currently supporting 24 projects being implemented by 18 direct partners and 26 sub-partners, and targeting 500,000 persons, of which 53 per cent are women and girls, and 45 per cent, children and adolescents under 18. In 2019, the MHF has already received US$16.6 million in contributions from nine donors.
Feedback and Complaints
With main purpose to ensure transparency, accountability and effectiveness of the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) management, a dual system of feedback and complaints mechanism is established within the MHF performance framework. One part of this system addresses directly any concern or complaint made by the MHF partners. The other part focuses in any concern and complaint from MHF funded projects’ beneficiaries and other stakeholders involved in the implementation process.
MHF Partners: Insufficiently addressed concerns or complaints by partners regarding MHF processes or decisions can be submitted at any point in time to a dedicated email address: MHFComplaints@un.org. Communications can include also reports on fraud and malfeasance. Complaints will be compiled, reviewed and raised to the HC, who will then take a decision on necessary action(s). When relevant, the HC will share with the Advisory Board any concerns or complaints and actions taken thereof. Complaints will be compiled, reviewed and raised to the HC, who will then take a decision on necessary action(s). The HC will share with the Advisory Board any such concerns or complaints and actions taken thereof.
MHF Beneficiaries: In order to facilitate the communication of any concern or complaint by project beneficiaries or other stakeholders related to the MHF funded project implementation, partners are requested to disseminate and publish the OCHA Humanitarian Financing Unit’s contacts (MHF-Myanmar@un.org, +95 1230 5682 ext. 204) in a visible place in the locations designated to implement MHF funded interventions, taking into consideration conflict-sensitivity analysis and other protection concerns, if any. OCHA HFU will compile, reviewed and raised to the OCHA Head of Office and the concerned partner, who will agree on necessary action(s), as needed. The OCHA HFU will share with the Advisory Board any such concern or complains and actions taken thereof.