Contribution to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund CERF

Contract partner: CERF - Central Emergency Response Fund Country: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 1.000.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2020 End: 31.12.2021

Short Description:

Overall goal

The UN’s global emergency response fund, CERF pools contributions from donors around the world into a single fund allowing humanitarian responders to deliver life-saving assistance whenever and wherever crises hit.

Expected results

CERF has a US$1 billion annual funding target and is fully unearmarked to ensure funds go to meet the most urgent, life-saving needs. During emergencies, humanitarian organizations on the ground jointly assess and prioritize needs and apply for funding from CERF. Funds are immediately released if these proposals meet CERF’s criteria, i.e. the needs are urgent and the proposed activities will save lives.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Each year, on average, CERF grants have helped humanitarian partners deliver critical health care to 13 million people, water and sanitation to 10.3 million people, food assistance to 6.6 million people, protection to 4.3 million people, agriculture support to 3.5 million people, nutrition programmes for 2.3 million and shelter to 1.9 million people. In 2019, CERF allocated $539 million to support life-saving humanitarian action in 49 countries and territories. This funding benefited 29.4 million people in crisis situations, including refugees, internally displaced people, returnees, host communities and other affected people. In 2020 CERF and Country based pooled funds have allocated a combined total of US$222 million to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in over 45 countries. Activities are implemented through UN agencies in partnership with International NGOs, national NGOs, Government entities and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies. The Austrian contribution of EUR 1 Mio. can reach approximately 44.000 people in need.


Activities are implemented in following sectors among others:

- Health

- Food Assistance

- Water and Sanitation

- Nutrition

- Agriculture

- Protection


In 2020, the humanitarian needs rose to record levels, driven upwards by conflict, the consequences of climate change, and disease, including the health and socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19. The pandemic and its consequences have deepened vulnerability for the millions of people who already needed humanitarian assistance and has increased the overall number of people who need aid. Rhe CERF has provided vital funding to allow humanitarian actors to deliver life-saving assistance during 2020.

project number 2863-00/2020
source of funding AKF
sector Andere multisektorielle Maßnahmen
marker Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.