Underfunded Emergencies

Allocation of Underfunded Emergencies Grants

CERF grant allocations are made for two reasons:

  1. To ensure a rapid response to sudden-onset emergencies or to rapidly deteriorating conditions in an existing emergency.
  2. To support humanitarian response activities within an underfunded emergency.

One third of CERF grants are earmarked for underfunded emergencies.

Twice a year, the ERC allocates to selected countries grants from the underfunded emergencies window. The ERC selects countries based on a number of criteria, including the level of funding, humanitarian needs, risk and vulnerability; UN agencies’ recommendations; consultations with UN agencies, NGOs and different parts of OCHA; and a review of documents such as Humanitarian Needs Overviews.

The ERC informs the RC/HC of a selected country about CERF funding levels potentially available for that country. The ERC then invites the RC/HC to develop a clearly prioritized, implementable and focused strategy for the CERF grant and to identify and submit projects that could qualify for underfunded emergency allocations. The RC/HC and the Humanitarian Country Team identify potential humanitarian projects. Following the RC/HC’s submission of the strategy and projects, the ERC decides whether to allocate the requested funds.
 
While NGOs cannot directly receive funds from CERF, they should be actively involved in the process.

NGOs may prioritize and recommend sectors, geographical areas, or projects to be included in the CERF request. This is done through their participation in the HCT, cluster or sector coordination or in similar mechanisms. 

NGOs also often serve as implementing partners for CERF-funded projects. 

For countries with a Humanitarian Needs Overview and with Humanitarian Response Plan or similar humanitarian strategy, the RC/HC may use the HNO's needs assessment and the HRP's strategic priorities, cluster objectives and projects to inform the CERF application. In countries with an HRP, the CERF underfunded emergencies window can only fund HRP projects. 

 

2016 Second Underfunded Emergencies Round
Press Release: UN Emergency Fund allocates US$ 10 million for humanitarian assistance in Chad while the crisis remains greatly underfunded in a context of rising food insecurity
Press Release: UN Emergency Fund releases US$9 million for life-saving assistance in the Central African Republic (EN / FR)
Press Release: UN Emergency Fund allocates US$50 million to neglected aid operations to assist two million people in dire need (EN / FR)
Infographic: UFE 2016 Second Allocation Round overview and methodology (EN / FR)
Overview of Decisions - 2016 Second Underfunded Emergencies Round
CERF analysis for underfunded emergencies, 2016, second round - data table
Methodology for Underfunded Emergencies Analysis, 2016, Second Round
Guidance Note for the CERF Second Underfunded Emergencies Round 2016

 

2016 First Underfunded Emergencies Round
Press release: UN Emergency Fund releases US$ 8 million to assist most-vulnerable women and children in DPRK
Press release: UN Emergency Fund releases US$100 million to assist millions of displaced and vulnerable people in nine underfunded crises
Infographic: CERF 2016 First Underfunded Emergencies Round (as of 29 January 2016)
Overview of Country Selection and Apportionment Decisions - 2016 First Underfunded Emergencies Round
CERF analysis for underfunded emergencies, 2016, first round - data table
Methodology for underfunded emergencies allocations
Guidance Note for the CERF First Underfunded Emergencies Round 2016

 

2015 Second Underfunded Emergencies Round
Press Release: UN Emergency Fund allocates US$70 million to under-funded aid operations to assist millions of displaced people
Infographic: CERF 2015 Second Underfunded Emergencies Round (update, as of 29 October 2015)
Overview of Country Selection and Apportionment Decisions - 2015 Second Underfunded Emergencies Round
Guidance Note for the CERF Second Underfunded Emergencies Round 2015

 

2015 First Underfunded Emergencies Round
Press Release: UN Emergency Fund gives $100 million for aid operations in Syria and other poorly funded crises
Infographic: CERF 2015 First Underfunded Emergencies Round (update, as of 19 October 2015)
Overview of Country Selection and Apportionment Decisions - 2015 First Underfunded Emergencies Round
Guidance Note for the CERF First Underfunded Emergencies Round 2015

 

2014 Second Underfunded Emergencies Round
Infographic: CERF 2014 Second Underfunded Emergencies Round (as of 21 July 2014)
Overview of Country Selection and Apportionment Decisions - 2014 Second Underfunded Emergencies Round
Guidance Note for the CERF Second Underfunded Emergencies Round 2014
Press Release: Niger: UN Emergency Fund gives us$8 million for underfunded humanitarian operations

 

2014 First Underfunded Emergencies Round
Infographic: CERF 2014 First Underfunded Emergencies Round (update, as of 1 May 2014)
Overview of Country Selection and Apportionment Decisions - 2014 First Underfunded Emergencies Round
Guidance Note for the CERF First Underfunded Emergencies Round 2014
Press Release: Central Emergency Response Fund allocates US$86 million to support aid efforts in ten chronically neglected crises

 

2013 Second Underfunded Emergencies Round
Overview of Country Selection and Apportionment Decisions - 2013 Second Underfunded Emergencies Round
Guidance Note for the CERF Second Underfunded Emergencies Round 2013

 

2013 First Underfunded Emergencies Round
Overview of Country Selection and Apportionment Decisions - 2013 First Underfunded Emergencies Round
Guidance Note for the CERF First Underfunded Emergencies Round 2013

 

CERF TRAINING: Q & A WITH FORMER ERC AMOS

CERF Training: Q & A with former ERC Amos