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DONATE ONLINE   To assist the most vulnerable communities affected by sudden onset emergencies and urgently requiring food, water, shelter and other basic needs, please DONATE ONLINE to Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF)- CLICK HERE. Through this rapid and flexible response mechanism your funding can be truly life-saving! Your donation is administered by UN Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN/tax ID number: 58-2368165). Your donations are fully tax-deductible in the United States to the extent allowable by law.

End Dates

  • Start Date: 20 May 2010
  • End Date: N/A


Somalia Humanitarian Fund - Reports


Somalia Humanitarian Fund - Key Documents

Somalia HF Operational Manual Annexes (Feb 2018)   

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A woman readies a donkey to move water for a long distance, Ufule, Sanaag. (Jan 2011, FAO)

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 emergencies 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 visit the SHF website at


EXPLANATORY NOTE! As contributions of several donors are received at the end of the calendar year to ensure predictability of funding ahead of the Humanitarian Planning Exercise for the following year, please note that generally October through December contributions are available for programming in the following year. For some donors this end year contributions may also constitute contributions of the following year.



The HC, supported by OCHA, manages the Fund. UNDP serves as the Fund’s Administrative Agent (AA), receiving funds for the Fund from donors and disbursing them to participating UN organizations, according to the allocation decisions of the HC, as well as providing financial reports and statements on the utilization of the Fund. OCHA, as the Managing Agent (MA), transfers funds to NGOs, according to the decisions of the HC.

Humanitarian Coordinator

The overall management of the Somalia Humanitarian Fund – Somalia activities is led and coordinated by the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC). The HC is responsible for:

•           Ensure that funds channelled through the CHF are allocated in a transparent manner, in accordance with the HF’s objectives;

•           Oversee the work of the clusters and the Advisory Board with regards to the HF, make the final decision on allocations, and instructs UNDP to disburse funds to participating UN organizations, and OCHA to disburse funds to NGOs accordingly.

•           Launch standard allocations by publishing a standard allocation document, which identifies assessed needs, defines priorities for the humanitarian response including regional priorities, and allocates funding envelopes to priority clusters and activities.

•           Supported by OCHA, communicate all documentation and decisions regarding the HF, including funding criteria and decisions on monitoring and evaluation, to the humanitarian country team and clusters.

•           Oversee the process of monitoring and evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the HF. Supported by the clusters and OCHA, ensure that ad-hoc teams of NGO, UN, and donor representatives and/or external contractors evaluate projects that are selected by the Advisory Board at its review meetings.

•           Together with the Advisory Board, review the HF before and after every standard allocation.


Advisory Board

The Advisory Board comprises four UN agencies, four NGOs, two donor representatives and the HC as its chair. Its membership is limited to ensure meaningful discussions and quick and effective decision-making. Those selected make a commitment to attend all Board meetings, to provide comments by email as required, and are authorized to make decisions during Board meetings. Humanitarian UN agencies select four among them as Board members, and the NGOs select four NGOs as Board members.

An additional representative from a non-HF contributing donor is invited as an observer. OCHA participates as the Secretariat as well as in its role as Managing Agent. Board members are elected for two years; tenure is renewable, and representation should be at the country representative or head of country office level. Board members participate in their individual, technical capacities; they do not represent the interest of their agency or broader constituencies.

The Board has four main roles:

  • Review the draft HF allocation document prepared by OCHA for standard allocations and provide comments and recommendations to the HC for the finalization of the document.
  • Review the general functioning of the Fund after each standard allocation, i.e. at least twice year, and advise the HC on necessary adjustments to its rules and procedures.
  • Upon request from the HC, review projects that do not fall within an established cluster (multi-cluster and common services projects).
  • Upon request from the HC, review grievance and appeal cases if not resolved at the cluster level (in line with grievance and appeal procedures). In select cases the Advisory Board can also take the initiative in tabling serious grievance cases.

Cluster coordinators, co-chairs and Cluster Review Committees

With regards to standard allocations, cluster coordinators are responsible for recommending the allocation of funding to projects within their cluster. Together with the co-chair, they compile a list of projects to be reviewed by the cluster review committee. Cluster chairs are responsible for the inclusiveness and transparency of this process. The list of projects selected by the CRC is submitted to the HC and to the Funding Coordination Unit at OCHA for review and to ensure that it is in line with all HF requirements.

Clusters contribute to monitoring and evaluation by developing three to five key indicators per cluster, by including HF projects in their cluster portfolio, by analyzing project reports, by participating in inter-agency project visits, and by providing sampling criteria for the selection of projects for evaluation.


Administrative Agent

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) and is responsible for concluding Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with Participating UN Organizations. It receives, administers and manages contributions from Donors. It disburses these funds to the Participating UN Organizations in accordance with the decisions of the HC. The AA also maintains an Emergency Reserve as directed by the HC. Finally, the AA prepares and submits consolidated financial reports, as well as financial statements on the Somalia Humanitarian Fund account to the HC, each donor that has contributed to the Somalia Humanitarian Fund, as well as Participating UN Organizations.

The MDTF Office maintain the Somalia Humanitarian Fund website on its Gateway (the MDTF webportal), which contains financial data related to donor contributions and transfers to participating UN organizations, annual and final reports, and other relevant documents related to the Somalia Humanitarian Fund.



The standard allocation process is the core element of the HF and is used to allocate the majority of funding. The HC, advised by the Advisory Board and in consultation with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Inter-Cluster Working Group (ICWG), allocates available funding to priority clusters, based on an analysis of humanitarian needs and priorities. Clusters then identify priority, underfunded CAP projects for HF funding and submit them via OCHA to the HC for review and final approval. Standard allocations usually take place twice a year. They include three steps: allocation of funding envelopes in the standard allocation document, prioritization of projects, and review and approval of recommended projects.

The first yearly standard allocation usually takes place in February after the publication of the CAP and the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) post-Deyr assessment. The second yearly allocation usually takes place in August after the publication of the mid-year review of the CAP and FSNAU post-Gu assessment. Thus, allocations are based on assessed needs and an agreed humanitarian strategy, and, as funding is available early in the year, organizations can plan ahead. While the HC allocates as much funding as possible at the beginning in the year, the number and timing of standard allocations in each year may vary depending on the emergence of new crises and the availability of funds. In particular, further standard allocations may be added so that received funding is disbursed quickly.

Recent Documents

This tab shows only recent documents relevant at the Fund level. To see more documents at both the fund and project level go to the Document Center.

Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 475,477,562  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 1,012,172  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 34,992  
Total source of funds   476,524,726
Transferred to Participating Organizations 460,460,315  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -6,358,606  
Administrative Agent Fee 4,754,776  
Direct Cost 10,552,640  
Bank Charges 6,933  
Total use of funds   469,416,059
Balance with Administrative Agent   7,108,667
As a percentage of deposits   1.5%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 473,050,937  
Total resources   473,050,937
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 389,293,252  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -8,396,588  
Total expenses     397,689,839
Balance with Participating Organizations   75,361,098
As a percentage of transfers   15.9%
Total Balance of Funds   82,469,765
As a percentage of deposits   17.3%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

Office of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia:

  • Mr. Peter de Clercq, DSRSG, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia, Email:
  • Mr. Matija Kovac, Head, Humanitarian Financing / Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) Manager, Email:


For Fund Administrative Agent Issues

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme,  Fax: +1 212 906 6990

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