Performance & Accountability
At the request of UN Member States and private donors, CERF established the Performance and Accountability Framework (PAF) delineating clear accountability mechanisms and reporting process for the general trust fund. This is overseen by a dedicated team, the Performance and Accountability Unit (PAU). The framework is used by the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) and the CERF secretariat to clarify accountability, performance and management expectations among different actors and around a set of agreed outputs, outcomes, and impacts. For further information, see below or contact us.
The framework is used by the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) and the CERF secretariat to clarify accountability, performance and management expectations among different actors and around a set of agreed outputs, outcomes, and impacts.
Evaluations and Studies:
CERF conducts or supports regular assessments on the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of the Fund’s humanitarian financing. These provide guidance on CERF’s strategic direction and performance, and help promote transparency, accountability and learning.
Final reports from the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and respective field teams on the use of CERF rapid response and underfunded emergencies funding. Each report provides an overview of the humanitarian situation and the CERF-funded response, including outputs, outcomes, and value added, on the country and agency level.
Summary document on the use of CERF funding, key performance information, and results, published on a yearly basis. The Annual Reports provide information on the changing humanitarian landscape and ongoing efforts to increase the effectiveness of the Fund.
Reports of the Secretary-General:
Pursuant to General Assembly Resolution 73/139 on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the UN, the Secretary-General submits a yearly detailed reported on the use and management of the Fund. This provides an overview of funding, allocations, achievements, and administration of CERF humanitarian financing.
General Assembly-Mandated Evaluations:
General Assembly-mandated two- and five-year evaluations on the overall performance and valued added of CERF, and an interim evaluation of CERF’s first year of operations in 2006. The evaluations are conducted by non-affiliated external experts to ensure credibility, transparency, and independence of the assessments.
In 2010, the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) identified key risks for UN trust funds in relation to operations and external funding streams; these were categorized as loss of legitimacy, loss of financing, loss of knowledge capacity and loss of operational capacity. As the largest UN general trust fund, CERF developed a risk assessment and mitigation Action Plan to map out initiatives against risk areas, identify potential gaps, and provide mitigation measures. This has been fully integrated into the CERF’s regular workplan and is updated on an annual basis.
Framework for Monitoring Fraud Investigations:
Fraud is highly detrimental to the work and effort invested in the humanitarian sector. For that reason CERF has developed a Framework for Monitoring Fraud Investigations. To learn more about this framework follow the link.