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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) manages a multibillion-dollar fund intended for projects related to humanitarian emergencies. Donors provide these funds to OCHA with a list of strategic priorities that they‘d like their donations to be aligned with, including initiatives centered around education in crisis, women and girls, protection, and disability. There’s a challenge in prioritizing where these funds land, however. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) request funding from this pool by submitting lengthy project proposals that then must be aligned to donor funds. Once projects are selected and funded, the OCHA team must also justify their selection decisions by aligning key outcomes to the goals of the donor fund.

Currently, the entire process of project proposal ingestion, alignment determination, and reporting is manual. …

Andrew Marmon

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