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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). The contributions can be accepted through various donation channels. To learn more about the available donation methods, please click here. 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 and assist the most vulnerable people in in Somalia. More than US$465 million has been allocated by SHF for humanitarian response in Somalia since 2011.  

The SHF is a crucial tool to enable a timely, coordinated and effective humanitarian operation in Somalia. It is distinguished by its focus, flexibility, the ability to boost responses through targeted allocations and its contribution to strengthening humanitarian coordination and enabling leadership in Somalia.

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 - – cluster coordinators and the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group (ICCG).

Who can receive SHF funding?

The SHF channels funding to eligible national and inter­national non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, funds and programmes operational in Somalia, and other organisations. SHF funds are channelled through partners that are best-placed to deliver prioritised activities in accordance with the agreed strategies and hu­manitarian principles in a timely, and effective manner. To be eligible to receive SHF funding, NGOs need to undergo a rigorous capacity assessment to ensure they have in place the necessary structures and capacities to meet the Fund’s robust accountability standards and efficiently implement humanitarian projects in Somalia.

Who sets the Fund’s priorities?

The HC, in consultation with the SHF Advisory Board and upon recommendation by the ICCG, decides on the most critical needs to be funded. Cluster coordinators work with their regional counterparts and cluster partners to define the SHF cluster-specific priorities in prioritised geographical areas, which are reflected in individual allocation strategies.

How are projects selected for funding?

The SHF has two allocation modalities:

  • Standard Allocation: Funds are usually allocated early in the year for projects included in the Somalia HRP, based on a strategy that identifies the highest priority needs underpinned by vulnerability data and needs analysis. The strategy is developed by the ICCG, approved by the HC and endorsed by the SHF Advisory Board. It forms the basis for individual project submissions. Project proposals are prioritised and vetted within clusters through Strategic Review Committees (SRCs) and then recommended to the SHF Advisory Board for endorsement and final approval by the HC.
  • SHF Reserve: Reserve funds are primarily intended for rapid and flexible allocations of funding in the event of unforeseen emergencies or to address identified gaps. These funds can be allocated through individual reserve allocations or broader allocation rounds, and are usually slightly faster and more geographically focused. They must be cleared by individual cluster coordinators before undergoing a technical review, endorsement and approval by the SHF Advisory Board and the HC.

The SHF Operational Manual and its annexes provide technical guidance, tools and templates used in the management of the Fund. The latest version of the SHF Operational Manual was issued on 6 February 2018. The Manual and its annexes are available for download at

2019 focus

2019 focus

In 2019, the following principles are guiding SHF allocations:

  1. Continued focus on life-saving humanitarian response with focus on, if and when possible, underserved and hard-to access areas;
  2. Ensuring the centrality of protection in all SHF-funded interventions;
  3. Prioritization of direct implementation through international and national non-governmental partners, accounting for at least 80% of available annual SHF funding;
  4. Support for local partners by striving to channel at least 40% of available funding directly through national partners (if, when and where feasible);
  5. Continue supporting integration of response across clusters and complementarity with other funding sources in support of a stronger collective response.
  6. Support funding for pipelines, enabling programmes and other support services provided by the United Nations or NGOs, up to a maximum of 20% of annually available funds.

For more information please visit the SHF website at

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 673,870,376  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 1,457,809  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 34,992  
Total source of funds   675,363,176
Transferred to Participating Organizations 638,872,999  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -5,915,002  
Administrative Agent Fee 6,738,704  
Direct Cost 16,043,523  
Bank Charges 8,403  
Total use of funds   655,748,627
Balance with Administrative Agent   19,614,549
As a percentage of deposits   2.9%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 658,063,434  
Total resources   658,063,434
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 549,908,055  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -9,061,914  
Total expenses     558,969,969
Balance with Participating Organizations   99,093,465
As a percentage of transfers   15.1%
Total Balance of Funds   118,708,014
As a percentage of deposits   17.6%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

Office of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia:

  • Mr. Adam ABDELMOULA, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Email: 
  • Ms. Afifa Ismail, 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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