Posted on 01/08/2014 - 14:12

2013 was a busy year for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The fund allocated US$482 million to help relief agencies respond to man-made crises and natural disasters in 45 countries.

In new or rapidly deteriorating crises, CERF helped aid agencies deliver immediate life-saving relief with more than $307 million through its rapid-response window.

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Posted on 12/20/2013 - 18:05

On 9 December 2013, three days before a System-Wide Level 3 Emergency was declared, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved a US$10 million CERF allocation to support relief efforts in CAR. The funds will support critical assistance including the provision of food, clean water, shelter, healthcare and safety and security services.

In May 2013, after violence between armed groups and...



Posted on 12/16/2013 - 15:44
2013, Thyolo, Malawi: In Thyolo in southern Malawi, A CERF funded agricultural project has helped communities overcome chronic drought and food insecurity. FAO/Chesterman Kumwenda For much of rural Malawi, 2012 and 2013 saw prolonged dry spells and meagre harvests. Yet some of the poorest families in some of the worst-affected areas have thrived.

For much of rural Malawi, 2012 and 2013 saw...



Posted on 12/13/2013 - 16:23
13 December, New York: UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon at the opening of the CERF High-Level Conference. Credit: OCHA/Paolo Palmero Over 40 countries commit to fund critical relief efforts to help millions of people affected by disasters and conflicts around the world.

More than 40 Member States and Observers as well as regional organizations, private and individual donors today pledged...



Posted on 12/12/2013 - 12:46
Volunteers pack rice and canned food for distribution to families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The majority of CERF allocations in 2013 went to food aid. Credit: WFP/Marco Frattini Ahead of the CERF High-Level Conference, three things you need to know about one of the world’s most reliable sources of humanitarian funding.

Every day we hear and read about the scale and...