FORWARD BY THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR
In 2016, the Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund (IHPF) became the second largest of all OCHA-managed country-based pooled funds (CBPF) globally.
With generous contributions amounting to USD 102 million at a time when military operations to retake Fallujah and Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) saw an upsurge in humanitarian needs, the IHPF disbursed USD 88.3 million to 55 partners to implement 135 projects.
The Fund has played a decisive role in Iraq. In March, USD 32.3 million was allocated for first- and second-line interventions in some of the most remote and high priority operations in the country, including Fallujah. In September, the Fund released USD 45.3 million to help front-line partners prepare for Mosul, the single largest humanitarian operation in the world in 2016.
Major efforts were made in 2016 to ensure funding goes to front-line partners. In response to extensive outreach and training, the number of NGO partners receiving funding increased from 61 to 133. Fifty-four per cent of all 2016 funding was allocated to non-governmental organizations (NGO), including 10 per cent directly to national NGOs (NNGO).
Aware that partners are working in one of the most complex operational environments in the world, the Fund’s Advisory Board revised the IHPF’s Risk Management Framework in May to ensure that everything possible is being done to maintain the highest fiduciary and programme standards.
We are enormously grateful to the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Australia, Canada and Cyprus for their generous contributions to the IHPF in 2016, as well as to Cluster Coordinators and the members of the Advisory Board for their commitment.
Our special thanks go to the partners who receive direct support from the IHPF for their courage, dedication and diligence in supporting the people most in need in Iraq.
Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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