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Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (December 2016)

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Since 2007

  • US$24 million mobilized

  • 77 partner projects funded

  • 860,000 people reached

WHAT IS THE MYANMAR HUMANITARIAN FUND?

The Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) is an OCHA-managed countrybased pooled fund led by the Humanitarian Coordinator to provide emergency response to urgent needs of people affected by natural disasters or conflict. Since 2017, the MHF has mobilized US$24 million for 77 projects, providing assistance to more than 860,000 vulnerable people since 2007, including a last allocation to cover food assistance gaps in noGovernment controlled areas in Kachin State. The Fund, which is continuing to grow in size, received US$8.4 million in 2016 from five donors: Australia,
Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The MHF provides a vital funding source for partners and efforts are being made to increase the number of donors and the overall size of the Fund.

WHAT DOES THE FUND DO?

When a crisis hits, OCHA supports the Humanitarian Coordinator to rapidly distribute funds. MHF projects can respond to new emergencies or fill gaps in humanitarian response. The Fund aims to strategically allocate the limited available resources to reach a wider number of beneficiaries, develop the capacity of local organizations and enhance the resilience of targeted communities. All humanitarian sectors are eligible. Projects must be aligned with sector priorities outlined in the Humanitarian Response Plan. The Fund complements allocations at the global level through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The Fund prioritizes support to national NGOs including a Rapid Response Mechanism to ensure that stocks are immediately available when they are needed for emergency action.

WHY DOES THE FUND MAKE GOOD SENSE FOR DONORS AND AFFECTED PEOPLE?

The MHF provides an efficient and direct way for donors to strengthen partnerships with national and international NGOs, community and faithbased organizations, and UN agencies. By pooling funds at the country level, it is possible to coordinate modest funding allocations, multiplying their impact on the priority sectors identified under the Myanmar Humanitarian Response Plan. The allocation process for MHF funds is streamlined and flexible, allowing donor funds to be rapidly mobilized to assist affected people. With reduced administration, the MHF enjoys low transaction costs (below 10 per cent) meaning donor funds reach more people, more efficiently. By supporting the MHF, donors are guaranteed strong accountability for and monitoring of their investment. With several allocations per year, MHF donors receive high visibility for their contribution at the national level with support from OCHA’s communications team and recipient partners.

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