Contribution to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund CERF
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.
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.
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:
- Food Assistance
- Water and Sanitation
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.