Country Based Pooled Funds - CBPF OCHA (new strategy)

Activity identifier

The CBPFs are an important tool for effective humanitarian response as they prioritize a) quick release of funds, b) NGOs i.e. nimbleness and speed and c)local actors that can access hard to reach areas.

Expected results

In accordance with Sida decision 2016-002260, Sida will not include a selection/revision of results in results registry as, per standard procedures at the Humanitarian unit, Sida will assess all CBPFs individual reports.  The out-comes of the CBPFs are to: A) Improve effectiveness of the humanitarian response by directing funding towards priority humanitarian needs. Priority needs are identified through an inclusive and participatory process, which includes national actors (e.g. NGOs). B) Strengthen the leadership of the HC, while leveraging his/her humanitarian coordination role. C) Mobilize resources and support coordination in support of the humanitarian planning framework (HRP/HPC). These outcomes lead to the overall operational impact of CBPFs, i.e., the provision of timely, coordinated, principled assistance to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity.


During the Pooled Fund Working Group (PFWG) meeting in December 2017, donors and OCHA agreed to improve the quality of the Country-Based Pooled Fund Annual Reports. The discussion throughout 2017 resulted in the narrative reports making great achievements.  All the 18 CBPF reports for 2017 were, for the first time, launched simultaneously and all the reports were aligned in terms of content and presentation. The reports take on various improvements suggested by the donors and other stakeholders, including detailed reporting against the new Common Performance Framework (CPF) and achievements by cluster. They also all feature short stories to show how CBPFs make a real difference in people’s lives. The reports were published and shared well in advance of the date set in the agreement, i.e. June 30.   All of the reports follow the same structure which makes them easy to compare. Moreover, all of the reports have started to report on the 20 indicators of the Common Performance Framework and all data have been gender disaggregated by total numbers, something that was missing in several reports from 2016.    The CPF indicators was rolled out during 2017, meaning that reporting on them across all funds are yet to be improved. Many CBPFs are still in the process of adapting the indicators to the context.   Two indicators of particular interest for Sida is related to the timeliness and speediness of the disbursement of funds from the submission of a proposal to the first payment. Many of the CBPFs still need to improve the number of days it takes for the Standard- and reserve allocation to the first disbursement (Standard: worst case: 108 days, best case 33 days, reserve: worse case: 67,5 days, best case:18 days). As regards to the reserve allocation, donors should work together with OCHA to improve this to a maximum of 10 days.       The other area of particular interest is Monitoring and Risk. Many HFU-teams has made important efforts to ensure the timely submission of reports and improving accountability of implementing partners. As regards to monitoring missions, this varies also. DRC has almost 100% of both monitoring operational activates, financial and audits, but, the DRC CBPF is the only fund that also have 4 full time monitoring officers. This model, is something that Sweden and Germany are proposing for other funds as well. More and more funding is being allocated to national NGOs meaning that we are reaching more and more front-line humanitarian actors. At the same time, the CBPFs are taking a higher risk meaning that donors need to closely follow up the monitoring and risk management system by making sure that the systems are being implemented according to global guidelines and context/CBPF specific operational manuals. The annual reports in regards to results have been discussed at the Pooled Funding Working Group, focusing in particular that donors want to see more results in terms of the quality of the projects delivered to people in need and making sure that the projects are making a different for the people. At the moment, more attention is being put on reporting on the CBPFs as a mechanism. Two major outcomes came out of that the PFGWG meeting in June 2018: the CBPFs will be evaluated during 2019 with focus on results, not just the CBPFs as a mechanism but also and more importantly in terms of results for the affected population. The other major outcome from the PFWG meeting, is that several donors, including Sweden, are now part of a formal group working on results together with OCHA and other major donors. These two processes will in the coming year improve result reporting of the CBPF.   In 2017, 74 % (83 720 167) of the beneficiaries was reached, compare to 93 % (104 803 580) 2016. The reason for the comparative lower number for 2017 is that at the moment, OCHA/CBPFs, have more reports finalized and approved from 2016 while some of the 2017 projects’ final reports are still pending, or late. OCHA/CBPF only counts



Granting agency
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Implementing organisation
United Nations Office of Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Aid type
B03 - Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
Humanitarian Assistance 2011-2016




Emergency response
Materiel relief assistance and services


Activity length
2016 – 2020

Financial information

Paid per year (net value)
2017 USD 5 262 899
2018 USD 6 261 852
2019 USD 8 409 036
2020 USD 4 018 655
Total paid amount (net value)
USD 23 952 442
Total committed amount


DisbursementThe amount placed at the disposal of a recipient country or agency.
Type Description Receiver Org Transaction ID Date Value
Commitment---2016-03-01USD 27 549 232
USD 5 262 899
USD 6 261 852
USD 8 409 036
USD 4 018 655

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Focus areas (policy markers)

Marker Principal objective Significant objective Not targeted
Gender Equality
Aid to Environment
Participatory Development/Good Governance
Trade Development
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)


Activity data from IATI