Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund
The Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) facilitates a timely and effective response to smaller, localized disasters that have not received global attention. It seeks to enhance the capacity for early response by leveraging the established local presence maintained by our member agencies.
The CHAF is financed by Global Affairs Canada (formerly Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) (75%), the Humanitarian Coalition (10%) and the Coalition’s member agencies (15%).
During an 18-month pilot phase, between April 2014 and September 2015, the CHAF provided $2,5 million to 8 responses to smaller-scale disasters. In September 2015, Global Affairs Canada made a three-year, $9.5 million commitment to the CHAF.
With support from the CHAF, Humanitarian Coalition members responded in very timely ways and developed new and closer methods of working together. This resulted in improved coordination and enhanced attention to which agency is “best-placed” to produce optimal humanitarian outcomes.
An evaluation conducted during the pilot phase concluded that the CHAF is a valuable addition to Canada’s humanitarian response toolkit.
- Provide funding for disaster responses which otherwise might not be funded
- Strengthen needs-based allocation of humanitarian funding
- Improve the timeliness and speed of funding allocations
- Promote “best humanitarian outcomes” by aligning funds with the agencies that are best placed to respond
- Promote innovation which strengthens coordination, timeliness, and effectiveness
The CHAF is managed by the Humanitarian Coalition, and funds are released in coordination with Global Affairs Canada. Projects funded through the CHAF must significantly contribute to one or more of three specific outcomes:
- Improved physical security
- Improved or maintained health
- Improved or maintained household or community livelihoods
To remain fully accountable and transparent, the CHAF mechanism calls for the documentation of activities at all key stages of its operations, including through annual reports and response strategies for each crisis.