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World: Country-Based Pooled Funds: 2018 in Review

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, World, Yemen


2018 was the most impactful year ever for the OCHA-managed Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs). A record US$950 million was raised for life-saving action in 17 of the world’s most severe and complex humanitarian emergencies.

Under the leadership of Humanitarian Coordinators, CBPFs support essential components of humanitarian response to save lives and provide protection services to the most vulnerable people affected by crises.

Everyone involved in the hundreds of partnerships and nearly 1,500 projects that comprise the CBPFs should be proud that our combined efforts have provided crucial life-saving support to tens of millions of people. Grants went directly to the best-placed relief organizations, including national (25 per cent) and international NGOs (43 per cent).

In this report, we take stock of how the 17 funds around the world ensured the most efficient use of donor contributions in 2018 and how relief workers on the ground used those investments to save and protect lives. We have also produced detailed reports for each Fund, which are available at:

Every dollar committed though a CBPF helps to maximize the impact of humanitarian assistance, by empowering humanitarian leadership and a local response and ensuring the most strategic and effective use of limited resources. My thanks to all CBPF donors – your contributions are truly life-saving.

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This document provides a global overview of CBPFs in 2018. It considers the achievements of the 17 funds that were active in 2018. The publication is paired with 17 individual Annual Reports that present detailed information on the management and achievements of each Fund during the year.

They can be found here:

For up-to-date information and analysis of CBPFs, please visit the new CBPF Business Intelligence portal here: It provides detailed contribution and allocation data in real time.

Contributions were recorded based on the exchange rate when the cash was received, which may differ from the Certified Statement of Accounts that records contributions based on the exchange rate at the time of the pledge.

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