OCHA Somalia, Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF)

Project completed

The CHF is a pooled funding mechanism administered by OCHA to provide rapid and flexible funding to respond to humanitarian emergencies and priorities. In Somalia, local NGOs are some of the only agencies with access to many of the most vulnerable areas, and the CHF is one of their only mechanisms to access funding from international donors.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Material relief assistance
01.07.2014 - 30.06.2015
CHF  1’900’000

In Somalia, an estimated 2.9 million people still require humanitarian aid. 857'000 people (majority internally displaced) are in Emergency and Crisis and require lifesaving assistance, while 2 million (a third of the population) struggle to meet minimal food requirements and are highly vulnerable to risks and shocks (FSNAU 2014). Additionally, mortality and malnutrition rates In Somalia remain among the highest in the world with an estimated 203,000 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 UN and NGOs have been releasing a series of Early Warning reports that the situation in Somalia, particularly South Central, is likely to deteriorate over the next months unless Humanitarian Interventions are increased.


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

Target groups

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).

Medium-term outcomes

In 2014 the CHF in Somalia aims to 1) Support Internally Displaced Persons (lOPS) and host communities through the provision of an integrated package of basic services. 2) Ensure action to address chronic humanitarian crises/disasters which includes community led initiatives to anticipate, mitigate, cope and overcome risks as well as ensure longer term mitigation measures. 3) They will prioritize support to common services Including projects under enabling programs clusters in the CAP.


Expected results:  

Key outputs are formulated by each agency and organization submitting a proposal to the CHF. In Somalia, the CHF aims to deliver aid to persons most in need (needs-based approach) and aims at supporting underfunded clusters and bridging gaps in funding.

Results from previous phases:  

Since its inception in 2010, the CHF has disbursed a total of 289 million USD through its standard allocations as well as emergency reserve window.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Coordination with other projects and actors

The contribution to CHF is part of the overall response of SDC targeting the most affected areas and complementing contributions to UN agencies, international and Swiss NGOs. Additionally, pooled­ funding mechanisms unable us to support local NGOs which we would not have the capacity to support otherwise.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’900’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’900’015
Project phases 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)