CHF Afghanistan | Factsheet - Updated November 2015

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Main Objectives

The Afghanistan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) is a country-based financing mechanism for humanitarian organisations under the oversight of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC). It is used to provide anticipated and timely funding towards jointly prioritised needs and critical gaps in the humanitarian response in Afghanistan.

The objectives of the CHF are to support projects addressing the most pressing needs in accordance with humanitarian principles, to improve the relevance of humanitarian response and to strengthen coordination and leadership through the Cluster System and the HC. The CHF is built on a robust Accountability Framework, ensuring transparency and inclusiveness in humanitarian financing.

Fund Management Structure

The HC is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the CHF and is ultimately accountable. An Advisory Board, comprised of members of the humanitarian community representing non-governmental organisations (NGOs), UN agencies and donors, supports the HC in matters of policy and strategy setting for the CHF. The OCHA Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) provides technical support to the HC on allocations and processes and acts as the managing agent for CHF-funded NGO projects. 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.

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