Common Humanitarian Fund | Central African Republic

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Introduction to the Common Humanitarian Fund, the follow-up funding instrument to the now closed Emergency Response Fund in the Central African Republic (August 2008)

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  • Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Printed 04/06/09 11:42 Page
  • Common Humanitarian Fund | Central African Republic

    1. 1. The Common Humanitarian Fund in the Central African Republic Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team Central African Republic Slide Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR | www.hdptcar.net
    2. 2. Humanitarian funding increases Source: FTS (2008) 2004 2006 Funding to CAP projects increases from $3m in 2004 to more than $85 by August 2008 2005 2007 $9.8m $69.3m $2.9m $23.9m Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR | www.hdptcar.net Slide $85.4m Aug 08 HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT
    3. 3. Humanitarian presence multiplies – January 2007 Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR Paoua Bangui Kaga-Bandoro Bambari Birao Ndélé Sibut Bouar Bossangoa Bozoum Source: HDPT CAR / Mar 08 HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT Slide 500 km
    4. 4. Humanitarian presence multiplies – September 2008 04/06/09 Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR Paoua Bangui Bambari Birao Nd élé Sibut Bouar Sam Ouandja Bossangoa Bozoum Bocaranga Source: HDPT CAR / Aug 08 Mbr és Kaga-Bandoro Kabo Gordil HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT 500 km
    5. 5. ERF now 4th channel of humanitarian funding in CAR <ul><li>Total funds received $12,029,057 </li></ul><ul><li>Total funds engaged $10,454,197 for 66 projects NGOs: 66%, UN: 34% </li></ul><ul><li>Rejected or withdrawn projects 11 projects at a value of $2,489,795 </li></ul>$1.1m $2.7m $2.2m ERF contributions by donor Funding and project status as of August 2008 Ireland $4.0m EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND $1.9m Sweden United Kingdom Netherlands Norway
    6. 6. Projects funded by the ERF since April 2007 Slide Bangui Kaga-Bandoro Birao Nd élé Sam Ouandja Bossangoa Bocaranga Source: HDPT CAR / Feb 08 Bozoum Bouar Ouanda-Djall é Ngaoun d. Paoua IPHD THE ERF AT WORK Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR | www.hdptcar.net UNDSS 500 km UNHAS
    7. 7. Main difference: the CHF has two funding windows <ul><li>Twice a year, the Humanitarian Coordinator allocates funding to clusters , based on humanitarian needs and priorities </li></ul><ul><li>The allocation to individual projects takes place at cluster level </li></ul><ul><li>For these discussions at cluster level, an NGO co-lead works together with the cluster lead </li></ul><ul><li>The cluster submits a list of projects and the funding level for each to the HC for final approval </li></ul><ul><li>Project duration: up to 1 year </li></ul><ul><li>Budget: up to $500,000 </li></ul>Slide Standard allocations FROM ERF TO CHF 1 2 A B Emergency Reserve C Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR | www.hdptcar.net 3 The HC will keep an emergency reserve (<20%) The reserve will be used to respond to breaking emergencies and to fill gaps in the humanitarian response Organisations can submit projects to the reserve at any time, through a cluster or the Advisory Board Project duration: 6 months Budget: up to $300,000
    8. 8. The main objectives stay the same <ul><li>Enable NGOs and UN agencies to respond quickly and effectively to worsening situation by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making funds available for priority, underfunded CAP projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making funds available to cover start-up costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making funds available in cases of rapidly changing circumstances and humanitarian needs where gaps need to be filled and other donor mechanisms are unavailable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ensure humanitarian needs are addressed in collaborative spirit, fostering understanding and coordination within and between clusters and humanitarian organisations </li></ul>Slide Respond to needs, support coordination CHF OBJECTIVES 1 2 A B Support start-up, cover gaps C Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR | www.hdptcar.net
    9. 9. The ERF has been strengthened for a smooth move to the CHF <ul><li>Donor/NGO/UN missions monitor and evaluate selected projects </li></ul><ul><li>Priority, underfunded CAP projects are now also eligible for ERF funding </li></ul><ul><li>A new website to improve transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Members of the Advisory Board are elected for better oversight </li></ul><ul><li>With an online ERF/CHF database, project administration has improved </li></ul><ul><li>Translating documents in both English and French eases accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>OCHA has reinforced its ERF/CHF team </li></ul>Slide How the ERF has been strengthened in 2008 STRENGTHENING THE ERF 1 2 Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR | www.hdptcar.net 3 4 5 6 7
    10. 10. Advantages of the CHF <ul><li>The CHF allows for more strategic humanitarian funding , while keeping a reserve for rapid response </li></ul><ul><li>More predictable funding, earlier in the year with standard allocations </li></ul><ul><li>The CHF has a more robust structure than the ERF, particularly with the standard allocation model </li></ul><ul><li>Donors decided to put in place a CHF in CAR, so there might well be more, and additional funding in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Donors that don’t have a presence in CAR can fund humanitarian action without important administrative investments </li></ul>Slide Simple, standardized design for strategic humanitarian funding and rapid response WHAT’S NEW WITH THE CHF 1 2 3 4 Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR | www.hdptcar.net 5

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