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Focus on UN and NGO pooled funding mechanisms in ICVA and PHAP learning session

22 Nov 2016

In the third session of the PHAP’s and ICVA’s learning stream on humanitarian funding, guest speakers highlighted NGO engagement with pooled funding mechanisms as key in their further development to ensure more timely and flexible funding for humanitarian response.

On 10 November, over 150 participants from around the world joined the live online session, in order to learn more about existing and emerging pooled funding mechanisms. The session, focusing in particular on the Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) and emerging pooled funds managed by NGOs, featured presentations from four guest experts addressing current challenges and opportunities regarding NGO access to pooled funds.

Fernando Hesse, Head of the Funding Coordination Section at the Policy and Partnerships Unit of OCHA in New York, started off explaining the functioning of CBPFs at the country level, and how NGOs can access them. Ben Garbutt, Humanitarian Funding Manager at Oxfam, followed up on this presentation with his experience from the state-led Pooled Fund Working Group and co-chair of the NGO Dialogue Platform on Country-Based Pooled Funds, highlighting some benefits and challenges in accessing pooled funds and also providing practical suggestions for NGOs.

Deepak Sardiwal, Start Fund Officer at the Start Network, gave an overview of their NGO-led pooled fund. The Start Fund is established and managed by a consortium of 42 NGOs that is providing the possibility for NGOs to access timely humanitarian funding within 72 hours for short-term projects.

The final presentation was by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director of COAST Bangladesh. He shared his experience as a small national NGO in accessing pooled funding, underlining in particular the importance of ensuring ongoing quality, and provided recommendations for small NGOs to access this type of funding.

If you missed this session, you can now find the video and audio recordings of the event at


Learning stream on humanitarian financing

This event was the third session of five live interactive online learning events in the learning stream on humanitarian financing that ICVA and PHAP are organizing with the purpose of demystifying the complex humanitarian financing landscape and to provide NGOs and humanitarians with a stronger understanding of the different funding streams.

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