Yemen humanitarian fund in brief [EN/AR]

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Who we are

The Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) is a Country-Based Pooled Fund (CBPF) that makes funding directly available to humanitarian partners operating in Yemen so they can deliver timely and effective life-saving assistance to those who need it most.

How we work

Donor contributions are unearmarked and allocated to eligible partners through an inclusive and transparent process in support of priorities set out in the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP).

The YHF has two types of allocations: Standard Allocations and Reserve Allocations. The Fund will issue a Standard Allocation once or twice per year through a call for proposals for collectively identified strategic needs within the context of the YHRP. Reserve Allocations are launched in response to sudden onset humanitarian needs and specific crises.

Cluster Coordinators are driving the prioritization exercise, while the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) in consultation with the Advisory Board (AB) determines the amount available for each allocation. This approach ensures that funding is prioritized at the local level by those closest to people in need, empowering humanitarian leadership and fostering collaboration and collective ownership of the emergency response.

To ensure fairness, project proposals are assessed by an inclusive strategic and technical review committee based on a pre-defined scorecard. Funding levels and assurance mechanisms applicable to each successful project are guided by the partner’s risk level, which is determined based on capacity assessment and past performance.
The OCHA Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) manages day-to-day operations of the YHF.

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