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Central Emergency Response Fund

Recurring food crises due to drought, poor harvests and spikes in global food prices have pushed millions of people in nine countries in the Sahel to the edge of survival. This year more than ten million face hunger across Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Mauritania, Nigeria and Senegal. People fleeing their homes because of the conflict in northern Mali have also put additional pressure on scarce resources in the region. 

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CERF Added Value

  • CERF is Fast: Humanitarian agencies faced with a sudden disaster often struggle to find resources to start life-saving operations. The time between an appeal for assistance and disbursement of funds can be long. This delay costs lives. The CERF fills this critical gap, allocating funds within days of an emergency to kick-start relief efforts.
  • CERF is Fair: Decisions are based on needs on the ground, as reported by UN Humanitarian Coordinators. Furthermore, by providing humanitarian assistance to neglected emergencies, the Fund helps redress the imbalance in global aid distribution.
  • CERF is Cost-effective: The CERF promotes prioritization and coordination, reducing gaps and overlaps, thus avoiding wasted resources. More importantly, fast response saves resources, as humanitarian requirements following a disaster can often increase if the situation is not contained immediately.

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