Humanitarian Financing

Pooled funds enable humanitarian organizations to provide the most urgently needed assistance following a disaster; fill critical gaps in the response in countries with large, ongoing humanitarian operations; and provide basic life necessities for people struggling to survive in many of the world's forgotten crises.

OCHA manages two types of pooled funds: the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPFs). CERF provides funding to jumpstart life-saving humanitarian relief operations in all countries affected by an emergency through UN agencies and the International Organization for Migration while CBPFs in 17 countries allocate funds directly to NGO partners to implement projects.

As part of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle, OCHA facilitates the development of humanitarian response plans (HRPs). The HRP also serves as a fundraising tool which can be shared to donors and other partners to communicate priorities of the response. Contributions to HRPs and appeals are tracked through the OCHA-managed Financial Tracking Service.

Financing in the Philippines

Since 2006, CERF has contributed a total of US$82 million for humanitarian partners to provide emergency relief to people affected by tropical cyclones, floods, earthquake and armed conflict in the Philippines. In 2013, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated $25 million for the Typhoon Haiyan response.

The Government of the Philippines is also a donor to CERF contributing a total of $40,000 since 2006. A representative from the  Philippines is also a current member of the CERF Advisory Group which provides the UN Secretary-General with periodic policy guidance and expert advice on the use and impact of CERF.

OCHA has also supported the Humanitarian Country Team to develop humanitarian action/response plans (or consolidated appeals) for sudden onset disasters and for the protracted conflict situation in Mindanao.