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Country-based Pooled Funds: Delivering aid where and when it is most needed

15 Apr 2019


2018 was the fifth consecutive record year for the OCHA-managed country-based pooled funds. With US$950 million received from 34 donor countries and thousands of individuals, the funds have supported the delivery of critical humanitarian aid to millions of people through 1,455 projects - an encouraging sign of the world’s generosity and an indication to the growing importance of the funds.

In 2018, more than 31 million people received health services and almost 6 million were helped with protection services. Grants went directly to the best-placed relief organizations on the ground, including national (25%) and international NGOs (43%) directly involved in providing life-saving assistance to millions of people in need.

A sound investment

In a series of Annual Reports focusing on the funds' achievemenrs in 2018, we take stock of how these OCHA-managed funds helped deliver assistance for people caught up in some of the world’s most severe and complex humanitarian emergencies. The reports show how the funds ensured the most efficient use of donor funding, and how relief workers on the ground used those investments to save and protect lives.

Photo: Medair
Thanks to the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund, Medair provided new tents to people living in an informal settlement in Ghazze village, Lebanon. “I only have God to thank for the safety of my family, as luckily we were not in the tent went the fire started. Everything that is lost can be recovered somehow, but not my family! I am grateful for the support we have received. We had nothing to go back to”.

Photo: World Vision International
Thanks to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund, World Vision Afghanistan (WVA) enrolled Mohammad and his family in a Food Emergency Project and donate him and his family wheat, flour, rice, oil, sugar, pulses and salt so they could eat.

Complementarity of the Funds

CBPF allocations are designed to support priorities set out in crisis-specific Humanitarian Response Plans, and to complement other humanitarian funding sources, such as the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Although they can be used independently, they work in synergy as complementary tools at the country level.

By leveraging their comparative advantages - such as CERF’s disbursement speed and CBPF’s direct funding for local NGOs - the strategic use of these funds helped partners deliver a stronger collective response, covering critical gaps and ensuring maximum impact of limited resources.


Credit: FAO
When her daughter died, Khadija took charge of her 5 grandchildren in Nertiti IDP camp, Central Darfur State. Here, with funding from the Sudan Humanitarian Fund, Practical Action (PA), an international NGO, provides communities with crops and livestock to diversify their food basket while improving their income. Complementing PA’s work is a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project, funded by the CERF, which provides animal supplementary feeding to ensure milk and dairy products supply for malnourished children.

Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) make funding directly available to humanitarian partners operating in countries affected by natural disasters and armed conflict so they can deliver timely and effective life-saving assistance.


The Funds are managed by OCHA under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator and in close consultation with the humanitarian community.