Emergency Response Fund
In 2013, the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) in DRC allocated $ 314,958 to implement two projects that provided humanitarian assistance to an estimated 90,000 vulnerable people. The ERF was established when the OCHA office opened in DRC in 2004. Since then, it has provided rapid and flexible funding to address gaps in humanitarian needs. ERF funding is usually allocated to meet unforeseen needs in line with the HAP objectives and identified priorities. ERFs increase opportunities for local actors, including NGOs, to respond to needs in areas where NGOs face access challenges due to security or political constraints.
Throughout 2013, much of DRC was in a state of complex emergency. Large sections of the population were at risk of different crises. They included the ongoing conflict and violence in the east that displaced more than 400,000 people; the South Irumu and Pweto crisis and several cholera outbreaks across the country during the year.
The ERF filled critical gaps by financing two projects with Samaritans Purse and the Congolese Red Cross. The projects focused on the provision of essential household items to 2,000 newly displaced families in Ituri, Oriental Province and the cholera outbreak in the city of Lubumbashi.
The ERF is at a turning point in 2013 as its formal closure in December 2013 has been requested based on the recommendation of the CHF Advisory Board meeting held on 14 February 2013. The Pooled Fund has a reserve component that funds unforeseen humanitarian needs and onset emergencies. Given the combined capacity of the Standard Allocation, designed to respond to the HAP-identified priorities, and the Reserve, established for funding emergencies (including those previously covered by ERF and strategic allocations) there is no longer need for a separate ERF.