For a small donor like JOA, complex and protracted crises can be difficult environments to navigate. Pooled Funds allow JOA to provide aid in multiple sectors at the absolute frontline of a humanitarian emergency, like Syria, without the risk and cost involved in choosing individual partners. The professional, transparent and low-cost administration of the funds make this an efficient and low-risk way for JOA to provide support.

Pooled Funds can be both non-specific, thereby allocating funds when a crisis occurs, or country-based, thereby designated funding for a specific country.

What are Country-Based Pooled Funds?

Country-Based Pooled Funds are established by the UN when a new emergency occurs or when an existing humanitarian situation deteriorates. They are managed locally by the Humanitarian Coordinator and allow donors to collectively contribute to a single fund which can then be flexibly distributed to where they are needed most. This enables humanitarian organisations in crisis-affected countries to access funding in order to deliver timely and coordinated assistance.

Benefits of Pooled Funds

Pooled Funds have proven an effective means of ensuring that high-priority projects, run by the most experienced and best-placed organisations, receive the funding they require. In recent years, JOA has contributed to emergency responses around the world through providing grants to Pooled Funds.

CAR Humanitarian Fund

The Start Network

Syria Humanitarian Fund