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Dec 2014, Damascus, Syria: Palestine refugee children try to keep warm in the winter cold at the Jaramana Temporary Collective Shelter in. Credit: UNRWA/Taghrid Mohammad
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The Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria calls on all humanitarian actors to submit project proposals for winter response inside Syria.

On 16 January, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Yacoub El Hillo, announced a ‘call for proposals’ for the Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF) with the aim of bolstering aid efforts in response to the humanitarian needs borne out of the harsh winter inside Syria.

“After four years of crisis, people’s ability to cope is extremely stretched, and the needs continue to grow. Though the international community has been generous, funding has not kept pace in the face of growing needs. Additional funding is urgently needed to enable humanitarian actors reach more people with winter assistance in time,” said El Hillo.

In this context, the first ERF call for proposals was launched and will run until 23 January 2015 with the aim of funding projects that address the winter related needs of the most vulnerable communities inside Syria. US$ 4 million has been allocated in this call and all humanitarian actors working on the winter response in Syria are encouraged to urgently submit their project proposals for consideration.

As of mid-December, $70 million remained unfunded for the winter response inside Syria.

Since its creation in July 2014, the Syria ERF has received US$ 6.8 million in funding and pledges from Germany, India, Luxemburg, Spain and Sweden.

What is the Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF)?

The ERF is a country based pooled fund established in July 2014 to respond to the humanitarian crisis inside Syria. It enables the delivery of humanitarian assistance by especially focusing on:

  1. Promoting needs-based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles
  2. To rapidly respond to critical life-saving needs, with a particular focus on the most acute needs in the most underserved areas, including besieged and hard to reach areas
  3. To improve the relevance and coherence of the humanitarian response by strategically funding assessed humanitarian action, including as identified in the Syria Response Plan process.
  4. To strengthen coordination and leadership, primarily through the cluster/sector system and function of the Humanitarian Coordinator.
  5. To support and strengthen priority cluster/sectors and subnational priorities in accordance with assessed needs.

In 2015 the ERF will aim to focus 50 per cent of its allocations to projects that respond to humanitarian needs in hard-to-reach or besieged areas.