Somalia: Humanitarian Response Fund, Fact Sheet - Oct 2008

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The Humanitarian Response Fund (HRF), established in 2004, is a pooled fund of un-earmarked donor contributions, at the disposal of the humanitarian community in Somalia, including UN agencies, local and international NGOs and the Red Cross/Crescent.

The mandate of the HRF is to provide timely, flexible and predictable funding to kick start emergency response, initiate catalytic interventions and address geographical, sectoral and funding gaps. The Fund is managed by the Humanitarian Coordinator with support of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), together with the HRF Advisory Board comprised of UN agencies, the NGO Consortium and two NGOs (local and international). The allocations are decided through consultation with the Clusters, field coordination structures and the Advisory Board members, thereby supporting an enhanced coordinated response. In 2008, HRF Somalia received funding from Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom.

The HRF supports emergency humanitarian interventions with a duration of up to six months and allocation of up to $250,000 per project. An implementing agency can have a maximum of three active projects at one time. Commensurate to the continuing humanitarian needs in Somalia, however, exceptions can be made for allocations up to $500,000 and more than three active projects per agency. In its funding allocation exercises, the HRF maintains allocation balances geographically across the country corresponding to needs with the majority of the funds being for emergency and life-saving purposes.

With the strong and continuing support from donors, the HRF has developed into a key humanitarian financial mechanism for Somalia. As of the end of August 2008, the HRF had received US $18,916,743.95 in contributions including carry forward of US $9.14 million from 2007. By the end of September 2008, the HRF had committed a total of $11,373,693 to 43 humanitarian projects responding to various needs arising from humanitarian emergencies throughout the country and benefiting 2.5 million beneficiaries. Due to the prevailing harsh drought conditions during much of 2008 and as a result of priorities set and agreed by the humanitarian community, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and livelihood interventions received priority allocations to scale up emergency water activities and livelihood strategies to save lives and support the most drought stricken communities in South/Central Somalia, Puntland and some parts of Somaliland.

The interventions aimed to improve water supply and reduce soaring water prices through the maintenance and repair of boreholes, back up generators, fuel subsidies and water trucking.

In view of the deepening drought and ongoing humanitarian emergency needs in South/Central Somalia, the HRF will support projects from the priority regions of Hiraan, Bakool, Galgaduud and Mudug. The HRF will also continue supporting the ongoing lifesaving interventions for IDPs in and around Mogadishu. In total, since its inception, the HRF has allocated US $27,023,551 to 14

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