Humanitarian Financing

The Emergency Response Fund (ERF) for Zimbabwe was established as a pooled fund in 2006. It was initially set up to meet the emergency needs of people affected by displacement, but it continues to be replenished by donors to facilitate response to evolving humanitarian needs.

The ERF for Zimbabwe aims to improve the timeliness and appropriateness of humanitarian action. The fund supports life-saving, rapid response projects and aims to halt further erosion of livelihood assets. ERF funds can also be used to fill geographic or sectoral gaps in emergency response plans.

Projects can receive up to US$250,000 and need to be implemented within six months. Implementing partners can have no more than three active projects at a time. Applicant agencies are encouraged to consult with partners in clusters/working groups, geographical areas and local communities during the development of projects. For the final round of consultation, an Advisory Board is normally given 48 hours to make a recommendation to the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC). Once the approval process is completed, an agreement is entered between the implementing partner and the HC, after which OCHA requests for the funds to be released directly to the implementing agency from the Geneva-based account.

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