Famine response - Humanitarian Pooled Funds

Dita Anggraeni

With more than 20 million people in North-East Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen facing or at risk of famine, US$379 million in coordinated allocations from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) were critical to the scale up of humanitarian action in those countries in the first half of 2017. By leveraging their comparative advantages – such as CERF’s disbursement speed and CBPF’s direct funding for local NGOs – strategic use of these funds helped partners deliver a stronger collective response, ensuring maximum impact of limited resources.