OCHA Ethiopia, Humanitarian Response Fund (HRF) / OCHA Somalia, Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF)

Projekt abgeschlossen

The HRF and CHF are pooled funding mechanisms established respectively, in Ethiopia and Somalia, to provide rapid and flexible funding to respond to humanitarian emergencies and priorities. In Somalia, the prior humanitarian focus on seasonal emergencies is phasing out with a new emphasis on resilience programming – reflected in the introduction of a 3-year CAP in 2013. In Ethiopia, the HRF is not geared to respond to chronic problems but engages in disaster risk management and early recovery interventions.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Humanitäre Hilfe & DRR
Materielle Nothilfe
01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013
CHF 1'700'000

In Ethiopia, the official appeal document (result of a Government-led assessment) estimates that approx. 2.48 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the first half of 2013. HRF is a main actor in supporting response to non-food needs in the appeal and recognized as the best performing of all Emergency Response Funds (ERF) for flexible and rapid response in non-food emergencies, including nutrition, in Ethiopia. In Somalia, life-saving assistance continues to be provided as well as programmes aiming to strengthen resilience mechanisms. It is estimated that 3.8 million people remain in need of life-saving assistance or other crucial humanitarian support. More broadly, support will need to be channeled not only to 2.1 million people in humanitarian emergency and crisis and 1.7 million people in stress, but also to 1.1 million internally displaced people and 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers (FSNAU 2012). Additionally, mortality and malnutrition rates in Somalia remain among the highest in the world with an estimated 236,000 children under five who are acutely malnourished and in need of assistance. Key drivers of the crisis remain recurring droughts, conflict and political instability, and lack of access to basic and social services.


The aim of the HRF and CHF is to make humanitarian funding for Ethiopia and Somalia more predictable, strategic and flexible. This will enable humanitarian partners to respond to a crisis without delay and in turn to improve the living circumstances of beneficiaries targeted by the recipient agencies.


People most in need of life saving interventions and assistance to stop erosion of their livelihoods. Data in project proposals are disaggregated according to gender (women, girls/boys).

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

The HRF in Ethiopia will continue supporting sector strategies and priorities towards meeting non-food emergency needs and intends in particular to support nutrition in linkage with strengthening of livelihoods (in nutrition hotspots). The CHF in Somalia aims to ensure equal and integrated life-saving assistance, contribute to improving the quality, reliability, responsiveness, and accessibility of basic services, and promote predictable safety-net programming. Other objectives are to invest in household and community resilience and to strengthen the capacity and coordination of NGOs, affected communities and authorities to prevent and mitigate risks and implement effective emergency preparedness and response.


Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

HRF Ethiopia: The HRF has allocated more than US$38 million in 2012 to 67 projects, addressing sector needs in major emergencies stemming from hazards such as disease outbreaks and complex emergencies such as displacement. In order to address the most pressing cross-sector needs, the HRF has focused particularly on nutrition, agriculture and livestock interventions, water, sanitation, non-food items for refugees and IDPs, and protection services (for IDPs and stranded migrants). CHF Somalia: In 2012, contributions to the Somalia CHF amounted to US$93.5 million, including new contributions and carry-over. This accounts for 14% of all available humanitarian funding for Somalia. US$89.2 million has been disbursed to projects. Focus of interventions funded by the CHF in 2012: nutrition and food security, strengthening of livelihoods and livelihood assets, health and sanitation, and strengthening of the protective environment for civilian populations through assistance to survivors of protection violations with access to services such as medical, legal or psycho-social support.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Humanitäre Hilfe
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Organisation der Vereinten Nationen (UNO)
  • Entwicklungsprogramm der Vereinten Nationen
  • United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • OCHA (HRF Unit/CHF Unit)

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   1'700'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   1'700'000
Projektphasen Phase 12 15.03.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 11 15.04.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 10 01.07.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 9 01.07.2014 - 30.06.2015   (Completed)

Phase 8 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)

Phase 7 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2012   (Completed)