Each year, the UN Resident Coordinator, generally the top UN official, is required to report on the use and impact of CERF funding. An analysis of the 2011 Resident Coordinator annual reports shows the following results:
96 per cent reported that CERF funds either helped catalyse a rapid intervention and/or enabled a timely intervention.
In Chad, the CERF allocation allowed the Humanitarian Country Team to rapidly mobilize its response to cholera, meningitis and measles and implement time-critical activities.
In Côte d’Ivoire, CERF funds allowed agencies to quickly respond and improve conditions of displaced people and meet the nutritional requirements of the most vulnerable people.
For Mauritania, CERF funds helped WFP respond quickly to communities severely affected by food insecurity. Funds helped prevent further deterioration of the nutritional status of the most vulnerable people, as indicated by food security and nutrition monitoring assessments.
93 per cent reported that CERF funds helped humanitarian partners respond to time-critical needs.
In Kenya, CERF funds allowed for the early procurement of commodities by humanitarian partners. The un-earmarked nature of CERF funds allowed WFP to rapidly procure cereals, which were lacking. CERF funds also helped UNICEF quickly scale up nutrition activities in districts with capacity and funding gaps.
In Liberia, humanitarian partners were experiencing major shortages of drugs and medical supplies which were quickly procured and distributed with CERF funds. Funds also allowed partners to purchase and distribute faming inputs to 2,600 beneficiaries in time for the 2011 rice planting season.
84 per cent reported that CERF funds helped mobilize additional funding.
In the Central African Republic, CERF funds helped mobilize additional resources, ($2 million), from a bilateral donor, which helped cover funding gaps and needs in multiple geographic areas.
In Iran, following CERF allocations, WFP and UNHCR benefited from additional funding for emergency medical and food assistance - UNHCR in Iran received the highest amount of earmarked contributions for 2011 than the previous five years.
93 per cent reported that CERF funding helped to improve coordination among the humanitarian community.
In Pakistan, the implementation of CERF-funded projects helped to improve coordination at the federal, provincial and local levels by bringing together UN agencies, national and international NGOs, government entities and other stakeholders involved in the response. From project inception to implementation, there was close collaboration and coordination between actors.
Djibouti reported that CERF funds were instrumental in improving dialogue and cooperation between UN organizations, international NGOs, and government partners.
93 per cent reported that CERF funds helped to implement gender-specific interventions or helped to include gender-specific needs in project design, implementation and monitoring.
In Colombia, CERF funds helped mainstream gender-specific needs throughout the humanitarian response with particular focus on the protection of vulnerable people and response to gender-based violence. Funds not only helped safeguard the rights of women in complex humanitarian emergencies, but reinforced the empowerment of women through community development efforts.
In Ethiopia, special consideration was given by humanitarian partners to gender, as the majority of the refugees from neighbouring Somalia were women (53 per cent). For example, some 74 per cent of households in Dollo Ado camps were headed by women. Accordingly, humanitarian partners proactively considered the specific vulnerabilities of women and girls through targeted assistance.