The Financial Tracking Service is your best source of information on current funding levels at the country level. Of course, it only shows the information that is receives. NGOs can report directly to FTS however it might be useful to have a conversation with OCHA and your cluster coordinators in your respective country to find out how they typically report to avoid duplication.
No. Global Clusters have three key roles; technical and operational surge capacity, develop and standardize technical and information management tools and identify and promote best practices from the field.
Yes. For instance the 2014-2016 Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan includes both the regional response plan as well as country plans for the nine countries included in the regional response.
It depends on the context and the coordination arrangements. For instance in the 2014-2016 South Sudan Consolidated Appeal the HCT opted to include Sudanese refugees residing in South Sudan. Another example, for the Mali crisis the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (RHC) opted to create a regional strategic response plan (Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan) which included refugees. However for the Syria crisis, given the scale and complexity of both the refugee and IDP response there is both a Syria Regional Response Plan (for Syria) and a Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP).
CERF funds are requested by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) either for a new emergency (via the Rapid Response Fund) or to supplement fundraising efforts in a protracted crisis (via the Under-Funded Window). The HCT will propose both the amount requested as well as how the funds would be allocated between UN Cluster Lead Agencies in country.
The request for CERF funds goes to the CERF Secretariat in New York and the responsibility for final allocation approvals sits with the ERC.
Once the funds are approved (and it might be less than what was requested) the receiving UN agency headquarters sign agreements with the CERF Secretariat. The funds are then transferred to the recipient UN agency at the country level. In-country Cluster Lead Agencies will utilize the funds in accordance with Cluster Response Plans and in-line with the Country Strategy.
NGOs should know about CERF allocations via participation in the Humanitarian Country Team as well as through participation in the Clusters.
The UN OCHA Financial Tracking Service (FTS) is a web-based searchable database of humanitarian requirements and contributions. It is a unique service provided by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as it is the only system in the world that provides information on global humanitarian aid flows in real- time. It serves to analyze aid and monitor accountability among humanitarian actors, by clearly indicating to what extent a certain population receives humanitarian relief aid, and in what proportion to needs.
All funds utilized in humanitarian response should be reported to FTS.
Pros of NGO reporting:
- Better overall picture of aid flows in humanitarian response, which will contribute to system-wide efforts to increase humanitarian funding and improve its use
- Evidence of the volume aid implemented by NGOs
Cons of NGO reporting:
- Duplication of effort; NGOs already report to donors, headquarters and share information with coordination structures in country