Nigeria Humanitarian Fund - Info sheet (August 2017)

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 31 Aug 2017

The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) is a timely and effective tool to support humanitarian action in Nigeria.Itallowspublicand privatedonors topooltheir contributions to enable the delivery of humanitarian life-savingassistancetothemostvulnerablepeople.


Now in its eighth year, the conflict in North-East Nigeria has created a deepening humanitarian crisis. Boko Haram violence and military operations continue to affect millions of people, and some 8.5 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance in the worstaffected Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. More than 1.8 million people are internally displaced in the six states in the north-east, of which more than half are children.
In February 2017, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator launched the NHF – a Country-Based Pooled Fund (CBPF) managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian (OCHA) –in support of life-saving humanitarian and recovery operations.
By the end of July 2017, over 90 humanitarian organizations have assisted about 4.5 million people with nutrition, food, shelter, health, education, protection and water and sanitation support.
Assistance also included early recovery and livelihood interventions to strengthen resilience and re-building.
Public partners, relief organizations and other key stakeholders involved in the humanitarian response in Nigeria, collectively expressed support for the establishment of the NHF as a strategic and vital tool to deliver the most urgent humanitarian relief.
The NHF first allocation of 10.6 million funded 13 projects recommended by the sectors approved by Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and the NHF Advisory Board. The projects target efforts to enhance the protection of civilians, and address the needs of the most vulnerable people in locations where access is sporadic and where flooding, disease outbreaks and new displacements continue, such as Monguno, Mafa, Pulka and Rann (in Borno State), and Michika (in Adamawa State).


The NHF is an opportunity for donors to pool their contributions to deliver a strengthened and coherent response. It supports partners toreach themost vulnerable and ensure maximum impact of limited resources:

  • NHF is inclusive and promotes partnerships: Funds are available to a wide range of relief partners. This includes national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN Agencies and Red Cross/Red Crescent Organizations.

  • NHF is timely and flexible: Supports the delivery of an agile response in a fluid emergency.

  • NHF is efficient and accountable: Minimizes transaction costs and provides transparency and accountability. Recipient organizations are thoroughly evaluated and relief projects are monitored with regular reporting on achievements.


Under the leadership of the HC, the NHF boosts the humanitarian response with direct access to funding by local and international relief organizations for activities prioritized within the framework of the Nigeria Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). This ensures that funding is available and prioritized at the local level by those closest to people in need, leveraging comparative advantages and encouraging collective ownership of the response.
The HC is supported by the Humanitarian Country Team and the NHF Advisory Board. The advisory board includes representatives of donors, national and international NGOs and UN agencies to ensure decisions reflect the views across the humanitarian community.
Operational support is provided by OCHA’s Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) based in Maiduguri, north east Nigeria. This ensures the NHF is managed from the epicenter of the crisis with allocation processes and monitoring close to operational partners and their projects, while maintaining a close link to strategic decision-making in the capital, Abuja. The effective use of NHF funds is supported by OCHA’s wider coordination activities, including needs assessments and strategic planning.
Like all CBPFs, the NHF is designed to complement other humanitarian funding sources, such as bilateral funding and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).


There are currently 18 active CBPFs globally. In 2016, they allocated more than $720 million to enable humanitarian partners to deliver life- saving assistance to millions of people affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.
Following the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the UN Secretary-General stressed the critical role of CBPFs, and called on donors to increase the proportion of HRP funding channeled through CBPFs to 15 per cent by 2018. This would translate to close to $2 billion annually.


The Nigeria HRP seeks US$1.05 billion to provide life-saving assistance for 6.9 million people. In its first year of operations, the NHF aims to attract between $50-$80 million in support of the HRP.
Donors are urged to contribute to the NHF and are invited to contact:
Individuals can also support the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund by donating to the UN foundation via

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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