CERF releases its 2015 annual report

CERF releases its 2015 annual report

Lara Palmisano

In 2015, CERF allocated nearly US$470 million in humanitarian assistance for helping front line partners on the ground kick-start or reinforces emergency activities in 45 countries. CERF raised $409 million with the support from 59 member states.

The need for CERF reached a historical high in 2015, with unprecedented levels of humanitarian suffering and the highest level of global displacement since the Second World War, with Level 3 emergencies in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as major natural disasters in Nepal and Vanuatu.

CERF’s 2015 achievements were extraordinary.  The fund was at the forefront of response when the world needed it.

  • Within 48 hours of the Nepal earthquake, CERF made available US$15 million for partners to jump-start and accelerate life-saving response to hundreds of thousands of people.
  • In Yemen, where a staggering 82 per cent of the population required humanitarian assistance, CERF provided $44 million to ensure critical services reached people most in need.
  • As millions of people struggled with the devastating impact of droughts and floods driven by a strong El Niño weather cycle, CERF was at the forefront, providing quick and early funding to the tune of $59 million to countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, Central America and the Caribbean in 2015.
CERF releases its 2015 annual report

“2015 was a challenging year for the entire humanitarian community and the sheer scale of humanitarian suffering over-stretched CERF as well as responders,” explains Lisa Doughten, Chief of the CERF secretariat.

While high-profile emergencies may occupy much of the global focus, in the report you can find also information about how CERF is making a big difference in crises outside the media spotlight, supporting critical efforts thought its partners to bring people life-saving aid and protection in places such as the Syria Region, Africa’s Great Lakes Region, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Djibouti.

The report also outlines results from the 2014 Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator reports. 

Download the report here.