The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) is a multi-donor country-based pooled mechanism created in 2010 to allocate funding for the most urgent life-saving interventions in Somalia. Combining flexibility and strategic focus, the Fund ensures timely allocation and disbursement of resources, enables effective humanitarian action and strengthens coordination.
With the SHF, governments and private donors can channel their contributions into a common, unearmarked fund to deliver life-saving assistance to people who need it most.
SHF funds are prioritized and managed locally. The Fund supports the highest-priority projects of the best-placed responders - mainly international and national NGOs and some UN agencies - through an inclusive and transparent process that meets priorities set out in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). This ensures that funding is available and prioritized locally by those closest to people in need.
The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia decides on SHF allocations based on strategic prioritization led by the inter-cluster coordination structure and upon the endorsement of the SHF Advisory Board. On a day-to-day basis, the SHF is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Since inception, the SHF allocated more than $400 million for critical humanitarian response in Somalia, gaining trust from donors due to its distinct comparative advantages – the unearmarked nature of the Fund and its flexibility, its robust and established accountability systems and its integration within the existing coordination systems.
2019 - 2020 SHF priorities
In 2020, the SHF will continue to focus on famine prevention response, support for NGOs, particularly local partners, and promotion of integrated response.
The following principles and priorities are guiding the SHF allocations in 2019:
- Continued focus on life-saving humanitarian response with focus on, if and when possible, underserved and hard-to-access areas;
- Ensuring the centrality of protection in all SHF-funded interventions;
- Prioritization of direct implementation through international and national non-governmental partners, accounting for at least 80% of available annual SHF funding;
- Support for local partners by striving to channel at least 40% of available funding directly through national partners (if, when and where feasible);
- Continue supporting integration of response across clusters and complementarity with other funding sources in support of a stronger collective response;
- Support funding for pipelines, enabling programmes and other support services provided by the United Nations or NGOs, up to a maximum of 20% of annually available funds.