cerf who we are
Chad Alliah

Who We Are

CERF was introduced as the UN’s global emergency response fund to deliver funding quickly to humanitarian responders and bring greater balance to emergency assistance. Twelve years on, CERF has earned its place in the current humanitarian ecosystem as one of the most effective ways to provide time-critical assistance, including supplies, basic services and protection to millions of people in need. It is also a lifeline for those caught up in the world’s most neglected, underfunded and long-lasting crises.

Since 2006, donors to CERF have enabled the UN agencies, funds and programmes, and their implementing partners to provide over US$5 billion worth of life-saving assistance to 100 countries and territories thanks to the voluntary contributions from 126 UN Member States and observers as well as many regional governments, corporate donors, foundations and individuals.

CERF 10-Year Anniversary Publication

In its first 10 years, CERF has proven to be a success and a cornerstone of the humanitarian community. The Fund has built a solid record of responding quickly and effectively to the needs of millions of people in humanitarian emergencies. On average since 2006, CERF grants have annually helped humanitarian partners deliver critical health care to 20 million people, food assistance to 10 million people, water and sanitation to 8 million people, livelihood support to 5 million people, protection to 4 million people, and shelter to 1 million. Read the full report here

2015 Results Report

This is the first consolidated presentation of the reported results of CERF funding, covering a full year of CERF allocations. It serves as a pilot and will inform future CERF results reporting. This report was compiled on the basis of information provided by Resident Coordinators/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/ HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in 66 consolidated reports covering the results of more than 450 CERF-funded projects. This publication covers CERF funding allocated in 2015 and reported on in 2016. The report’s primary focus is on the number of people affected by humanitarian crises who received CERF-funded life-saving assistance. Read the full report here

2016 Annual Report

In 2016, CERF continued to be one of the fastest and largest enablers of life-saving humanitarian action for people affected by conflict and natural disasters around the world. During the year, CERF allocated $439 million to support 445 projects in 47 countries. More than half of its 2016 total funding, or $289 million, allowed humanitarian partners to immediately jump-start or scale up urgent aid in new or rapidly deteriorating emergencies, while $150 million was allocated to sustain humanitarian operations in underfunded and protracted crises. The humanitarian crisis in Iraq received the largest portion of CERF’s total allocations. More than $33.3 million enabled humanitarian partners to respond quickly to increasing needs in Fallujah, Mosul and other affected areas. Read the full report here

Making the case for an investment in CERF

This information package provides a brief overview of why CERF was created, its achievements and core characteristics and how CERF will continue to provide critical humanitarian assistance in the future. Read the full investment case here