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Central Emergency Response Fund

Central Emergency Response Fund

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Drought in the Horn of AfricaTo speed up relief efforts, the UN has set up a central humanitarian fund — the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) — collecting contributions year-round to help ensure that funds are on-hand to allow the UN to save lives quickly. 

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CERF stands for Central Emergency Response Fund. For more information on the CERF, click here.

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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For more information on how the CERF works, please visit the CERF website or consult the CERF factsheet - in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish.