2016 First Standard Allocation: Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund | 1 March 2016

Manual and Guideline
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This paper presents the strategy for the first allocation round of the 2016 Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund (IHPF). The elements of the paper are based on consultations with the IHPF Advisory Board, clusters and the HCT.


  1. During 2015, US$22.3 million was disbursed to partners based on recommendations made by the IHPF Advisory Board; an additional $1 million was allocated for Multi-purpose Cash Assistance, to be disbursed as soon as sufficient funds were received. By year-end, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom had contributed a total of $56.7 million to the IHFP. As of 20 February, the IHPF has received additional pledges for $7,665,176.

  2. The purpose of this paper is to outline a strategy for disbursing the $32 million currently in the fund plus the notional figure of $7,665,176 for a total allocation of $39,682,349.

  3. A notional figure of $39,682,349.69 is considered for this allocation. It is proposed that $5 million is set aside as an emergency reserve intended for rapid and flexible allocations in the event of unforeseen emergencies, or contextually relevant needs, as outlined in the IHPF Operational Manual. Out of the $5 million reserve, $2 million will be set aside for the special window for national NGOs.

  4. In accordance with OCHA’s global guidance, the following administrative and auditing fees will be applied: a) 3 per cent of all funds will be provided to OCHA to cover the costs of fund administration; b) 1 per cent of all funds allocated to NGO projects will be used by OCHA to cover the costs of an external audit; and c) 1 per cent approximately of all project costs will be provided to OCHA to cover monitoring costs including remote monitoring, third party monitoring and interlocutor training.

Allocation modalities

  1. During meetings in 2015, the Advisory Board agreed on two allocation modalities for 2016: 1) a standard allocation open to all potential partners including national and International NGOs, organizations of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, IOM and UN agencies; and 2) an emergency reserve including a dedicated window for national NGOs (NNGOs). The dedicated window for national NGOs is administered under the protocols for the emergency reserve since these are the fastest and most flexible. Partners seeking funding under the standard modality must adhere to the IHPF Operational Manual, as well as the guiding principles and strategic priorities outlined in this paper.

  2. The dedicated window for national NGOs, which will initially be capitalized at $2 million of the $5 million in the reserve, will be open to national NGOs which do not have projects in the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan and are not members of the clusters, but whose projects are in accordance with the strategic priorities in the Humanitarian Response Plan and the priorities agreed for the IHPF. National NGOs that apply for funding through the emergency reserve special window need to be sponsored by a relevant cluster and must agree to become an active member of the cluster. This window can be replenished depending on the availability of funds in the emergency reserve.

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