Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF)

The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) is a multi-donor country-based pooled fund established in 2010 to support the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to the address the most urgent humanitarian needs in Somalia. Almost US$400 million has been allocated by SHF for humanitarian response in Somalia since 2011.  

The SHF has been  essential for enabling timely, coordinated and effective humanitarian action due to its distinct comparative advantages – the unearmarked nature of the Fund; the established and functioning accountability systems; integration within the existing coordination systems; and flexibility.

The SHF has two allocation modalities:  

• The standard allocation modality, used for large and medium-size strategic allocation rounds, typically once or twice a year. The standard allocation strategy is approved by the HC and endorsed by the SHF Advisory Board and is the basis for project submissions.

• The reserve allocation modality is primarily intended for the rapid and flexible allocation of funds for individual allocations in the event of sudden emerg

encies or rapidly deteriorating situations, or to address the quickly emerging strategic needs.

The Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) for Somalia oversees the fund and decides on SHF funding allocations. In its role, the HC is supported by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that manages the Fund on a day-to-day basis, the SHF Advisory Board and the Somalia cluster coordination structure.

2017 focus

In 2017, the following principles are guiding SHF allocations:

• Continued focus on famine prevention life-saving humanitarian response.

• Prioritization of direct implementation through international and national non-governmental partners, accounting for at least 70% of available annual SHF funding;

• Support for local partners by striving to reach the global target of at least 25% of available funding to be channelled directly through national partners (if, when and where feasible);

• Support funding for pipelines, enabling programmes and other support services provided by UN agencies, funds and programmes, but also NGOs, up to a maximum of 30% of annually available funds;

• Seek integration and complementarity with other funding sources, such as Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), to ensure timely and efficient prioritization in support of a stronger collective response and maximum impact of limited resources.

For more information please contact:

• Mr. Matija Kovač, +254(0)732391043,

• Ms. Afifa Ismail, +254(0)708515570,



SHF Reports
SHF 2016 Annual Report
SHF Interim Update 2016
CHF Annual Report 2015
CHF Annual Report 2014
CHF Interim Report 2014


Useful Links
SHF website
SHF Grant Management System (GMS) login
SHF Twitter feed
Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPF) business intelligence portal
Multi-partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office SHF website
OCHA Somalia website
Financial Tracking Service
United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)