Contribution to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund CERF

Contract partner: CERF - Central Emergency Response Fund Country: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 1.400.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2021 End: 31.12.2022

Short Description:

Overall goal

The UN’s global emergency response fund, the Central 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

As of 28 October 2021, CERF has allocated over $491 million directly to 36 countries. The Country Based Pooled Funds have allocated $506 million to 19 country contexts. Eleven UN agencies have received CERF funding, targeting 50 million people. Apart from UN agencies, CBPFs funds in 2021 benefited 260

international NGOs, 196 national partners and four Red Cross/Red Crescent national societies, targeting 59.1 million people. GBV programming received a special allocation of $25 million from CERF’s Rapid Response window. All CERF-funded projects are expected to mainstream support for persons with disabilities, taking into consideration their specific needs.



Activities are implemented in following sectors among others:

- Health

- Food Assistance

- Water and Sanitation

- Nutrition

- Agriculture

- Protection

- Shelter


The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) remain key instruments that ensure coordinated and principled humanitarian assistance quickly reaches people caught up in crises. In 2021, weather events, conflicts, disease outbreaks and the impacts of COVID-19 continued to contribute to high levels of humanitarian needs. Several countries were struck by new emergencies, while others witnessed deteriorating humanitarian conditions that required support. For example, in response to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and Ethiopia, several time-critical CERF and CBPFs allocations have been approved since December 2020 for an overall amount of more than $276 million.

project number 2863-00/2021
source of funding AKF
sector Andere multisektorielle Maßnahmen
tied 0
marker Gender: 1, 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.