18 Jun 2015
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During 2014, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was a critical part of the humanitarian response to almost every major crisis.
The CERF Annual Report 2014 explains how the Fund made sure money went to the right life-saving programmes at the right time.
“In 2014, the world faced another sharp rise in the number of people who require urgent humanitarian assistance. The number of requests for support from CERF was at its highest ever,” said Valerie Amos, former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, in the foreword of the report.
Report highlights: 
· With US$460.8 million in grants, CERF supported aid agencies with 80 allocations to crises in 45 countries.
· Some $291 million – almost two thirds of total allocations – kick-started aid operations in emergencies ranging from the conflicts in the Central African Republic and Iraq to natural disasters in Bolivia and Nepal. 
· Another $170 million went to life-saving programmes to help people in underfunded humanitarian crises, such as in Burkina Faso, Colombia, Myanmar and Somalia. 
· Member states, regional Governments, corporations and private individuals pledged a record $481 million for CERF-funded humanitarian action in 2014.
For more details and examples of CERF-funded work in 2014 download the full report here