CERF

Continued financial support for the CERF in 2012

Humanitarian

At the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)’s sixth high-level conference on 15 December in New York, donors pledged a record high for 2012, reaffirming their support for the global humanitarian pooled fund.  So far a total of 47 donors have promised US$375 million for 2012, an increase of 4.7% from last year when 59 donors […]


Pooled funding mechanisms and large-scale natural disasters

Humanitarian

If a disaster occurs in a country where pooled funds already exist they can prove an important tool for coordinating emergency, reconstruction and recovery aid and ensuring that needs are met. Occasionally a fund will be created specifically to pool contributions to the relief or reconstruction effort if one does not already operate in country. […]


Profile: Central Emergency Response Fund

Humanitarian

A key element of the humanitarian reform process that began formally in 2005 was the need to improve funding for humanitarian crises on a global scale, especially through the use of pooled funding. This resulted in the evolution of the existing global revolving fund with a loans facility of US$50 million into the present day […]


Down one – the UK is no longer the top donor to the CERF

Humanitarian

On 14 December 2010 the annual conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) took place in New York. A total of 59 donors pledged US$358.4 million to the fund for 2011, a decrease of 16% on the money pledged at last year’s annual conference by 61 donors. As has been seen in previous years […]


Funding according to needs: the Niger food crisis 2010

Humanitarian

Niger is facing a severe food crisis following a drought and crop failure in late 2009, compounded by flooding in August. According to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), almost 50% of the population of Niger are in need of food aid this year. A major humanitarian response has mobilised and around US$251 million in humanitarian […]


How much aid does the UK spend through the multilateral system?

Humanitarian

In 2008, the United Kingdom’s total official development assistance (ODA) reached just under US$11 billion, excluding debt relief. The larger (62.3%) share (US$6.8 billion) was provided in the form of non-core funding – earmarked and lightly earmarked contributions channelled through UN and other multilateral agencies as well as NGOs/CSOs/Red Cross Movement, the public sector and public […]


Aiding Guinea: Time for a promotion from limbo

Humanitarian

During September 2010 Guinea-Conakry is expected to conclude its first democratic elections since the military coup of December 2008. The coup prompted the suspension of all bilateral aid with the exception of humanitarian assistance and support to democratic transformation, by the country’s traditional major donors – France, the European Commission and the United States. As […]


Guardian article suggests snips to pooled funding

Humanitarian

Recently reported in the Guardian newspaper, a leaked memo between the director of policy at DFID, Nick Dyer and the Secretary for International Development, Andrew Mitchell suggested that there will be significant spending cuts to the UKs aid budget under the new coalition government. As part of these suggested cuts the UK would reduce funding […]