Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund in Brief

Background to the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund

Established in 2006, the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) responds to disasters triggered by natural hazards, such as floods, droughts and outbreaks of diseases, as well as conflict-related crises. The EHF aims to support the timely disbursement of funds to the most critical humanitarian needs in the context of both the annual Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) and emerging unforeseen emergency needs.

Since its inception, the EHF has mobilized US$393.5 million and allocated $392.1 million to 660 projects through 58 partners, including United Nations (UN) agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

In 2016/2017, the EHF continued to play an important role as a timely and flexible financing mechanism, supporting the humanitarian community to achieve its goals by funding the most critical needs in response to the El Nino and the Indian Ocean Diapole driven droughts.

In 2016, the Fund received nearly $98 million from nine donors (including $37.9 million carry-over) and allocated more than $74 million supporting 82 multi-sectoral projects. Four out of the nine donors are new to the Fund namely, Australia, Germany, South Korea and United States of America.

To serve as a bridging response between the last two months of the 2016 and the first quarter of 2017, the EHF made US$ 17 million in support of inter cluster prioritization exercise (18 November) that identified highest needs in WASH, health, nutrition and agriculture sectors.

Currently, the EHF is processing $ 21 million allocation following the inter cluster prioritization exercise, a complement to the 2017 HRD.

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