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  • 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 South 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). 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. 


Fund Dates

  • Start Date: 21 February 2012 - End Date: N/A


South Sudan Humanitarian Fund - Reports


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About South Sudan Humanitarian Fund

The South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) mobilizes and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the critical needs of millions of people affected by the devastating humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. The Fund operates within the parameters of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), with the objective of expanding the delivery of humanitarian assistance by focusing on critical priorities and needs.

What are the main Objectives of the South Sudan Humanitarian Fund?

  1. Support life-saving and life-sustaining activities while filling critical funding gaps;
  2. Promote needs-based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles;
  3. Strengthen coordination and leadership primarily through the function of the HC and by leveraging the cluster system;
  4. Improve the relevance and coherence of humanitarian response by strategically funding priorities as identified under the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP);
  5. Expand the delivery of assistance in hard-to-reach areas by partnering with NGOs.

Who can access the South Sudan Humanitarian Fund?

Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) are managed by OCHA and made available to national and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and UN agencies. Given the importance of broadening partnership in order to reach people in need in the most underserved areas; the SSHF prioritizes the allocation of funds to NGOs. The SSHF also supports national NGOs with a view to enhance their capacities, as most of these organisations have better access to people in need in hard-to-reach areas.

Additional information and resources on Country-Based Pooled Funds can be found here



The activities of the SSHF are carried out under the overall strategic and operational direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), with support from an Advisory Board (AB) and an OCHA-led Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU). The Advisory Board is comprised of members of the humanitarian community including NGOs, UN agencies and donors, who support the HC in policy and strategy-setting for the HPF. Cluster leads and cluster members at the national and regional level feed into the identification process of priority needs and target sectors, geographical areas, and activities.

The SSHF operates within the framework provided by the OCHA Operational Handbook for Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPFs), which describe the set of rules that apply to all CBPFs worldwide. The Operational Manual for South Sudan issued by the HC further describes the governance arrangements, objectives, allocation modalities and accountability mechanisms of the HPF, as well as details the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved.

The UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office in New York serves as the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent receives contributions from donors, disburses funds upon decision of the Humanitarian Coordinator to the respective Participating UN Organisations, and provides related financial reports and statements. Participating UN Organisations assume full financial and programmatic accountability for the funds disbursed to them, use the funds to undertake approved projects, and provide related narrative and financial reports.

The OCHA Country Office in South Sudan serves as the Managing Agent to channel funds to NGO partners. Upon decision of the Humanitarian Coordinator, funds for NGO projects are first disbursed by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office to OCHA HQ for subsequent disbursement to NGOs.

The Administrative Agent (AA) Functions:

a)    Conclude the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the PUNOs and the Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors;
b)    Receive, administer and manage contributions received from Donors;
c)    Disburse funds to PUNOs in accordance with the decisions of the HC;
d)    Receive and consolidate periodic (annual and final) financial reports from PUNOs of the South Sudan HF and provide consolidated information to the HC, contributing donors, the Advisory Board and PUNOs;
e)    Provide the HC, the Advisory Board and PUNOs with the statements of donor commitments, deposits and transfers to PUNOs and other financial information related to the South Sudan HF, available directly from the publicly accessible MPTF Office GATEWAY (; and
f)    Provide necessary information and assist the joint Technical Secretariat as needed on HF fund administration issues.

Allocation process

Under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator, the SSHF aims to support the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs, as defined by the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). In order to meet this goal, an allocation process exists that is inclusive, transparent and efficient. The allocation guidelines in the Operational Manual provide instructions and clarifications on all the steps of allocation processes and requirements in order to enhance timely and strategic decisions.

The standard allocation process allocates the majority of the funds to priority projects in line with the HRP. Twice a year standard allocation processes will be facilitated based on allocation strategy papers formulated under the leadership of the HC.

The reserve allocation is primarily intended for the rapid and flexible allocation of funds in the event of unforeseen circumstances, emergencies or strategic needs. Reserve allocations are shorter in nature to allow for a quicker response to emergencies.

Key requirements for funds allocated through the reserve in case of emergencies are:

  • The project constitutes an emergency humanitarian response to an unforeseen disaster.
  • The project will remedy, mitigate or avert direct loss of life, physical and psychological harm or threats to a population or group and/or protect their dignity. This may include common humanitarian services that are necessary to enable life-saving activities and inter-agency assessments in case of sudden onset disasters.

The project cycle management process for the SSHF is done through an online platform allowing for better management and institutional memory:

For more information on South Sudan HF allocation procedures please visit


Donor Contributions

The South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) was established in 2012. After the country gained independence. Since the onset of the current crisis in late 2013, humanitarian needs have continued to spread and deepen. Some four million people have been uprooted, including around 1.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), of which an estimated 85 per cent are women and children.

In response, the SSHF has played a pivotal role in addressing the most critical humanitarian needs across the country in a strategic, coordinated and strictly prioritized manner through the timely allocation and disbursement of Donors contributions. Donor contributions have positioned the SSHF as the fourth largest source of funding to the annual Humanitarian Response Plan, reaching around 1.6 million affected people each year through multi-sectoral assistance.

Funds are channeled to where they are most needed according to the most time-critical priorities within the Humanitarian Response Plan, as agreed by the humanitarian community. Funds are made available for rapid response to meet urgent or unforeseen needs, and to bolster core pipelines of emergency supplies and other common services at critical moments in the humanitarian response.

Contributions to the South Sudan HF may be accepted from governments, intergovernmental or nongovernmental organizations, and private-sector organizations upon signing of the Standard Administrative Agreement (SAA) with the Administrative Agent (MPTF Office).

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 911,620,438  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 2,459,568  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 109,114  
Total source of funds   914,189,120
Transferred to Participating Organizations 879,313,225  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -25,999,601  
Administrative Agent Fee 9,049,322  
Direct Cost 17,342,064  
Bank Charges 8,951  
Other 66,883  
Total use of funds   879,780,844
Balance with Administrative Agent   34,408,277
As a percentage of deposits   3.8%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 898,021,976  
Total resources   898,021,976
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 821,982,965  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -27,366,288  
Total expenses     849,349,253
Balance with Participating Organizations   48,672,723
As a percentage of transfers   5.4%
Total Balance of Funds   83,081,000
As a percentage of deposits   9.1%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, South Sudan:

  • Ms. Sara Beysolow Nyanti, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, South Sudan; email:
  • Ms. Rawad El Zir, Head of Humanitarian Financing Unit, OCHA South Sudan; 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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