In 2018, 26 donors contributed a total of $209 million to the YHF, making it the largest CBPF in the world for a third consecutive year. Eight new donors (Colombia, France, Kuwait, Luxemburg, Montenegro, Portugal, Qatar, UAE) contributed to the Fund for the first time.
The Fund allocated $188 million to 112 humanitarian projects implemented by 53 partners through one Standard Allocation and three Reserve Allocations. This includes $97.7 million to NGOs (52 per cent of the total amount), of which half went to national NGOs ($49.3 million). The YHF provided the humanitarian community with the capacity to respond to emerging needs at any given time. In 2018, this was demonstrated through a Reserve Allocation to cover the gaps in clusters’ preparedness activities and a Standard Allocation supporting clusters’ first-line response.
Through its First Standard Allocation, the Fund is working to allocate approximately US$90 million to respond to the needs identified in the re-prioritized Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and to provide life-saving assistance to people in newly accessible areas and areas facing severe access constraints. In support of the critical role that national front-line partners play in the operation, a dedicated window for national NGOs was also established for this round.
Germany, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Netherlands were the largest donors to the YHF in 2018.
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Complementarity with CERF Funding
Over the past year alone, over US$353.7 million in closely coordinated grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the YHF helped the humanitarian community act quickly, maintain critical operations and ensure delivery of life-saving aid for millions of people.
With a more anticipatory approach based on forecasts and improved early warning, funding allocations have focused on ensuring early humanitarian action and delivery of a stronger collective response. For example, strategic allocations from the YHF helped partners to quickly scale up food support as soon as warning signs pointed to deepening food insecurity and CERF strengthened the overall response with key allocations for improved logistics, access, security, telecommunications and safe transportation of critical goods and humanitarian staff. In January 2019, the CERF Rapid Response Allocation granted $31.7m to WFP to scale up common services and bolster the overall response including logistics, UN Humanitarian Air Service and emergency telecommunications.
Reporting on the HF Activities
The HC, supported by OCHA and in close consultation with the Cluster Coordinators, will publish a narrative Annual Report of the YHF activities based on information provided through the HFU by each participating UN organisation and NGO partner. The Annual Report will feature trends, best practices, lessons learned and challenges, and showcase success stories and achievements. The YHF Annual Report is issued in April covering the previous calendar year and posted online. In addition, OCHA HFU will generate periodic dashboards, funding updates, human interest stories and related documents on YHF activities in Yemen.