Central Emergency Response Fund

Immediately following a disaster, the United Nations Resident Coordinator or Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) can make a CERF application for humanitarian funding for priority, life-saving activities. Decisions on prioritizing life-saving activities are managed by humanitarian actors on the ground.

CERF funding has enabled agencies in Pakistan to provide life-saving assistance and fill gaps in humanitarian responses to natural disasters and the complex emergency in KP and FATA. Since 2006, Pakistan has received $144 million from CERF to meet the needs of people affected by emergencies e.g. displaced families in and outside camps and returnees.

OCHA’s management of pooled funds allows for a faster response to humanitarian needs. The appeals ensure coordination of humanitarian action, while the tracking of funding facilitates transparency in how humanitarian funding is mobilized. OCHA works with Member States and the private sector to raise funds for CERF and other pooled funds. Member States provide the vast majority of funding, and the private sector provides increasing amounts for coordinated humanitarian action through the pooled funds.

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