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Donor Field Offices and the FTS


What is FTS?
The Financial Tracking Service is a global, on-line, real-time database of humanitarian funding needs and international contributions. It serves to improve resource allocation decisions and advocacy, by clearly indicating to what extent populations in crisis receive humanitarian aid, and in what proportion to needs. FTS offers a series of analytical tables that show humanitarian aid flows to specific crises, and also allows users to produce custom tables on demand. FTS is managed by OCHA and it covers all countries for which international humanitarian funding is reported.
How can the FTS help donor field offices?
Coordination: FTS offers information at a glance on which implementing organizations and donors are working in which crises and sectors, and to what scale. Such organizations and donors can therefore pool information via FTS.
Advocacy: Financial tracking provides raw material for advocacy, by identifying crises with the greatest resource needs, and highlighting under-funded crises and sectors.
Cataloguing project proposals: FTS shows not only contributions, but also proposed projects (in Consolidated Appeals and Flash Appeals) with their budgets and unfunded balances. Donor field offices can therefore use FTS as a continually updated catalogue of humanitarian projects and funding needs.
Visibility: The FTS publicises donor contributions and the actions of their partners in various crises.
How can donor field offices access FTS?
Regular reporting mechanisms exist between most donor HQs and FTS, so if a donor field office spots a contribution currently missing from FTS, the first step is to have your HQ report it. If the field office exceptionally wants to report a contribution directly, reporting methods aren't too formal. Field offices can inform FTS of contributions by e-mail (to fts@un.org), fax, letter, via our on-line form (http://ftsarchive.unocha.org, then click the "report a contribution" link at left), or whatever verifiable method they find most convenient. For example, they can simply forward to FTS a copy of the funding contract or letter of commitment. We aim to not cause field staff any significant extra work. If you do not use the online form, we only ask that you specify at least the following:

1. amount in original currency (e.g. Euros, USD), or if in-kind, the amount, description, and value of goods.
2. donor country and organization (e.g. US / OFDA, EC / ECHO).
3. date of contribution.
4. whether the contribution is a pledge, commitment, or contribution (see definitions on FTS home page).
5. relevant CAP project code (if the project was registered in a CAP) or project description.


We encourage you to strongly encourage your partner organizations to include their project in formal appeals when these exist in your country. FTS also seeks information on agencies’ use of private or unearmarked funds for humanitarian projects. If you are aware of any such allocations or expenditure that do not appear on FTS, please contact the agency and ask them to report it to FTS.
What to look for on FTS
For countries with a Consolidated or Flash Appeal, click “Focus on…CAP” on the FTS home page, then click the country you cover. From that page, check Table F (List of commitments/contributions and pledges to projects listed in the appeal, grouped by donor), Table E (List of Appeal Projects - grouped by sector - with funding status of each), and Table H (Other Humanitarian Funding - to projects not listed in the Appeal-. Note which sectors and which projects are most under-funded (and any that are well funded). Investigate what has been the impact of lack of funding (and therefore of implementation), and use that evidence to advocate for more or better-distributed funding. Look at humanitarian aid outside the appeal, and assess its inter-relation with appeal projects.

For countries without an appeal, do a simple search from the home page, selecting your destination country (and/or donor) of interest. For additional information and more filtering options, go to the advanced search (“Make financial tables using my own criteria”) and read the instructions.
FAQ: Doesn’t FTS cover only CAP contributions, or only countries with CAPs?
No—and we have changed our on-line presentation to make it look less that way. FTS’ database contains all humanitarian contributions reported by appealing agencies and donors, whether to projects registered or not registered in CAPs, and for countries where there is no Consolidated Appeal process. FTS is a global humanitarian financial tracking service that records more than a thousand contributions a month.
How does FTS define humanitarian aid for statistical purposes?
For activities outside CAPs, FTS has let donors and implementing agencies self-define humanitarian activities and contributions. To achieve more consistency, FTS and a working group of the Good Humanitarian Donorship initiative have developed a fairly broad definition to apply in case of doubt. The definition is posted on the FTS website.
FTS – PN 301-5, OCHA, Palais des Nations,
1211 Geneva, Switzerland. Fax : +41-22-917-0368.
E-mail : fts@un.org

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