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  • NEW! 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 Sudan HF - CLICK HERE. Through this rapid and flexible response mechanism your contribution 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.

Fund Dates

  • Start Date: January 2006
  • End Date: N/A

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About the Sudan Humanitarian Fund

The Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) is a multi-donor country-based pooled fund managed by OCHA Sudan under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator.

It receives unearmarked contributions from donors – mainly governments – into a single fund. The funds are used for ongoing humanitarian operations and to respond to new emergencies. This is done through Standard Allocations and Reserve for Emergency Allocations.

The SHF reinforces and relies on existing coordination structures, which allows for evidence-based prioritization and complementarity with humanitarian, development and peacebuilding funding mechanisms. A positioning paper is developed every year which highlights the strategic focus and guides allocations for that year.


Over 15 years of life-saving aid

Since 2006, the SHF has received over $1.4 billion from 15 donor countries and private donors. The SHF is trusted by donors due to its effectiveness, coordinated approach and established accountability systems – employing an exceptionally robust and reliable online Grant Management System. Contributions to the SHF are managed by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF).


Invest in humanity

The SHF is an opportunity for donors to pool their contributions to deliver a stronger and more coherent response in Sudan. Investments in the Fund will allow partners to reach the most vulnerable people and will help ensure maximum impact of limited resources:

SHF is timely and flexible: The Fund supports the delivery of an agile response in a fluid and rapidly changing environment, allowing operational partners to act quickly knowing that resources are available immediately for the most urgent life-saving activities.

SHF supports leadership, coordination and a needs-based response: Under the leadership of the HC, a wide range of relief partners jointly asses and prioritize the most urgent needs through an inclusive and transparent process, fostering collaboration and collective ownership of the emergency response.

SHF is efficient and accountable: The Fund minimizes transaction costs and provides transparency, accountability and robust risk-management. Recipient organizations are thoroughly assessed, and relief projects are monitored with regular reporting on achievement and impact.

SHF offers value for money: It ensures the most strategic, effective and efficient use of limited resources in difficult and often dangerous circumstances, making taxpayer’s money go as far as it can to save lives and reduce the suffering of women, girls, boys and men caught up in the crises.


How does the SHF distribute funds to implementing partners?

Standard allocations support the Humanitarian Response Plan. To receive grants, SHF partners apply for funding and undergo a rigorous selection process. Their interventions are assessed against prioritized needs, activities and geographical locations, ensuring a highly strategic and coordinated use of funds. Standard Allocations take place at least once a year covering around half of the SHF allocated funds.

Reserve for emergencies allocations fund life-saving humanitarian interventions to new and deteriorating emergencies. Using the Emergency Rapid Response Mechanism (ERRM) which can release funds to partners within a week of the emergency, Reserve for Emergencies Projects (RfEP), and prepositioned stock, the SHF enables the Humanitarian Coordinator to provide an immediate and effective humanitarian response.


Frontline partners

SHF funding is available to international and national NGOs, organizations of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and UN organizations that have passed due diligence and capacity assessments. To receive grants, these organizations have to meet performance targets and provide financial reports. SHF has around 30 international and 20 national NGO’s as partner. The SHF prioritizes funding for NGOs as front-line responders, in line with World Humanitarian Summit commitments. Partnerships with and support for national NGOs facilitate a humanitarian response in areas with limited access and they help build national capacity.



The Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) for Sudan oversees the fund and its allocations. The HC is supported in making funding decisions by the SHF Humanitarian Financing Unit in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the SHF Advisory Board and IASC coordination structures.

The SHF Advisory Board represents the views of donors, UN agencies and international and national NGOs and provides strategic advice to the HC on SHF allocations, policies and governance. It is a forum to share information on funding gaps and coverage, ensuring the transparency and relevance of SHF allocations, reviews the operational activities of the fund and undertakes periodic risk analysis.

The SHF is governed by an Operational Manual, that is within the framework provided by the Operational Handbook which describes the rules that apply to all Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs).

The SHF Humanitarian Financing Unit handles programmatic and financial aspects of the Fund and provides management support to the HC, which includes oversight of allocations, contracting, programmatic and financial monitoring and reporting, and other accountability processes.

Recent Documents

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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 1,491,029,990  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 9,040,820  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 2,579,344  
Total source of funds   1,502,650,154
Transferred to Participating Organizations 1,488,073,197  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -45,076,546  
Administrative Agent Fee 14,901,975  
Direct Cost 10,348,738  
Bank Charges 8,963  
Total use of funds   1,468,256,327
Balance with Administrative Agent   34,393,827
As a percentage of deposits   2.3%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 1,501,138,502  
Total resources   1,501,138,502
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 1,395,819,857  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -47,793,113  
Total expenses     1,443,612,970
Balance with Participating Organizations   57,525,532
As a percentage of transfers   3.8%
Total Balance of Funds   91,919,359
As a percentage of deposits   6.2%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

Ms. KHARDIATA LO N’DIAYE, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General/ Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator (SRSG/RC/HC) for Sudan


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Mr Dominiek Benoot, Head of the Humanitarian Finance and Resource Mobilization Section, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Sudan



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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