The South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) was established in 2012. After the country gained independence. Since the onset of the current crisis in late 2013, humanitarian needs have continued to spread and deepen. Some four million people have been uprooted, including around 1.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), of which an estimated 85 per cent are women and children.
In response, the SSHF has played a pivotal role in addressing the most critical humanitarian needs across the country in a strategic, coordinated and strictly prioritised manner through the timely allocation and disbursement of some US $385 million. Donor contributions have positioned the SSHF as the fourth largest source of funding to the annual Humanitarian Response Plan, reaching around 1.6 million affected people each year through multi-sectoral assistance.
Funds are channeled to where they are most needed according to the most time-critical priorities within the Humanitarian Response Plan, as agreed by the humanitarian community. Funds are made available for rapid response to meet urgent or unforeseen needs, and to bolster core pipelines of emergency supplies and other common services at critical moments in the humanitarian response.
Throughout the year implementing partners submit projects reports, both narrative and financial, in line with established reporting schedules. The reports are subject to review and clearance by the SSHF Technical Secretariat and the relevant clusters to ensure their quality, completeness and consistency with the design of the approved project proposals. Independent monitoring of a risk-based sample of projects, including programmatic monitoring and financial spot checks, allows for verification of progress and reported achievements.
For the Fund as a whole, aggregated achievements under each cluster are determined through the use of standard output indicators in the projects. Annual Reports can be found here. In addition, dashboards are issued on a quarterly basis throughout each year, providing highlights of ongoing operations.