Posted on 01/23/2015 - 17:01

The United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has allocated some US$100 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in Syria and 11 other countries where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low.

“Despite critical funding gaps, humanitarian workers remain committed to helping every vulnerable Syrian they...

Posted on 01/01/2015 - 11:48

In the fourth quarter of 2014, US$186.1 million from CERF helped aid agencies in 19 countries deliver critical, life-saving assistance for millions of people affected by violent conflict and natural disasters.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) allocated $131.7 million from CERF’s rapid response window to 24 countries, the bulk of which went to humanitarian partners...

Posted on 12/29/2014 - 09:10
January 2004, West Aceh, Indonesia. Credit: IRIN/Jefri Aries UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos on the lessons learned from the response to 2004’s Indian Ocean Tsunami.

This piece was originally published on the ODI blog Development Progress.

Ten years ago when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit land, killing 230,000 people and destroying the lives and livelihoods of many more, its...

Posted on 12/18/2014 - 15:07

Donors gathered at the annual UN central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) High-Level Conference this week to pledge $418.6 million in support of life-saving relief efforts around the world in 2015.

“CERF is one of the most effective tools we have to help people face the immediate, devastating effects of natural disasters, armed conflict and chronic emergencies,” said UN...

Posted on 12/12/2014 - 17:25

As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide grows, humanitarian agencies will again rely on resources from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond to crises in 2015.

CERF will hold its annual pledging conference on 17 December in New York. The aim is to raise US$450 million for humanitarian operations in 2015.

“CERF funding is...