Lebanon Humanitarian Fund allocates US$14.5 million in 2018
Funding mobilization for 2018 In 2017, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini set the fundraising target of US $20 million for the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund in 2018. As part of this, the RC/HC also encouraged donor partners to increase their support for the LHF through multiyear funding to ensure its continuity and provide better visibility for the coming years.
Since the 2017 donor meeting, OCHA received more than 20 million. In 2018 alone, eight donors contributed with a total of $10.6 million: Germany ($2.84 million), Ireland ($2.41 million), Sweden ($1.89 million), Belgium ($1.85 million), Switzerland ($0.5 million), Qatar ($0.5 million), France ($0.36 million) and Iceland ($0.25 million). For 2019, the LHF has carried over $5.3 million, and has already received pledges from Switzerland ($0.5 million) and Qatar ($0.5 million), thanks to multi-year agreements, and another $3.4 is in the pipeline.
Last quarter of 2018: a Standard and a Reserve Allocation
Following the call for proposal issued in October, five Sector Review Committees with Sectors coordinators, UN and NGO representation conducted the Strategic review of 25 projects. A total of 10 projects were selected and approved by the Humanitarian Coordinator for funding (the list of projects is publicly available on the LHF’s Business Intelligence platform, accessible here. After landing on the page, please deselect all countries and select only Lebanon). Following the signature of the Grant Agreements, and ahead of the start of the new projects, the HFU conducted kick-off meetings with all partners to ensure mutual comprehension of expectations throughout the projects’ implementation. In December, the LHF opened its 2018 3rd Reserve Allocation for a total of $4.5 million focusing exclusively on addressing emergency winterization gaps in Shelter and Basic Assistance.
Following consultations with the two targeted sectors, the Reserve Allocation focused on covering remaining Multi-Purpose Cash for 8,837 PRS and 712 PRL SSNP; and weatherproofing/minor repair of non-residential structures within ITS as well as purchase and distribution of 1000 shelter repair and fire prevention kits. The LHF funded 3 projects (2 INGOs and 1 UN Agency).
Overall, the LHF received $10.6 million and allocated $14.5 million to 23 partners to implement 32 projects.
The next Standard Allocation is expected to be launched in March 2019. To stay updated on the latest LHF updates, follow us on Twitter at @LHF_Lebanon.