About ERF Syria

The Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF) is a multi-donor country based pooled fund aiming to respond to the critical humanitarian needs of the Syrian people in a timely and strategic manner.

The regional Syria ERF was established in March 2012 to support humanitarian response inside Syria and in neighboring countries under the leadership of the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (RHC). About US$80 million in funding was received, 50% of which was allocated to projects inside Syria.

In June 2014, considering the increased operational complexity and scale of the Syria crisis, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos decided to set up three separate Emergency Response Funds in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. The ERFs in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon are led and managed respectively by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria (HC) and the OCHA office in each country to support the delivery of country-led response plans. In addition, a pooled fund was created in Turkey focusing on funding cross-border projects, managed by the OCHA office in Gaziantep and led by the Deputy/Regional Humanitarian Coordinator. The Jordan ERF may also fund cross-border projects.

The target amount for the Syria ERF in 2015 is US$30 million. As of the end of January 2015, over US$6.3 million was received in contributions by Germany, India, Luxemburg, Spain and Sweden.

Scope and objectives of the Syria ERF

Within the programmatic framework of Syria Response Plan (SRP), the ERF will enable the delivery of humanitarian assistance by:

  1. Promoting needs-based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles;
  2. Responding rapidly to critical life-saving needs, with a particular focus on most acute needs in underserved areas that include besieged and hard to reach areas;
  3. Improving the relevance and coherence of the humanitarian response by strategically funding assessed humanitarian needs identified in the Syria Response Plan:
  4. Strengthening coordination and leadership, primarily through the cluster/sector system and function of the HC.

Given the greater prevalence of humanitarian needs in besieged and hard to access areas, the Syria ERF will aim to allocate 50 percent of its funds to these areas.

Who can access Syria ERF?

The funds are managed by OCHA and made available to National Non-Governmental Organizations (NNGOs), International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), Red Cross/Crescent and UN agencies. Given the importance of broadening partnership in order to reach people in need in the most underserved areas, the Syria ERF aims at allocating 50 percent of the grant to projects implemented by NGOs as well as Red Cross/ Red Crescent societies. The ERF will also reach out to potential NGOs with a view to enhance their capacities and enable them to apply for the grants, particularly as most of these organizations have better access to underserved and hard to reach areas.

Support the Syria ERF - How to Help

  • Contributions from UN Member States and Observer Missions.
  • Contributions from the private sector and individuals please donate through the UN Foundation.

Funding Updates

Click here for up-to-date information on contributions to the Syria ERF and project allocations to implementing partners.


2015 Syria ERF strategy
Accountability framework
Review bodies for the Syria ERF
Global ERF Guidelines



Mr. Sebastien Trives, Head of Office
E-mail: trives@un.org

Ms. Thembekile Dube, ERF Manager
E-mail: dubet@un.org