4 March 2013: Since February 2012, more than 54,117 Malian refugees have crossed the border into Mauritania. The French-led military campaign in Mali in January 2013 significantly increased the number of Malian refugees seeking refuge in south-eastern Mauritania. Mauritania—one of the region’s poorest nations—was severely affected by the drought in 2012. Therefore, the Malian refugees add a new dimension to Mauritania’s humanitarian challenges. In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$4,470,372 to seven UN agencies. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) received $692,947 to ensure water and sanitary and hygiene facilities. The UN Refugee Agency (UNCHR) received $85,707 to support human rights efforts Read more >>

CERF in Action - Rapid Response

CERF releases funds through the Underfunded Emergencies window


The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated an unprecedented US$175 million to neglected emergencies in 2013. Twelve humanitarian emergencies received some $100 million in the first underfunded emergencies round in January 2013. Another thirteen hidden emergencies were provided some $75 million through the second underfunded emergencies round in July 2013.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, selected the following countries to benefit from the underfunded emergencies window: Bangladesh ($2 million), Chad ($8 million), Colombia ($3.5 million), Democratic People Republic of Korea ($6 million), Djibouti ($3 million), Haiti ($1.5 million), Madagascar ($3 million), Mauritania ($4 million), Myanmar ($3 million), Niger ($8 million), Pakistan ($10 million), Philippines ($3 million) and Somalia ($20 million).

CERF in Action - Underfunded Emergencies