ERF

Profile: Emergency response funds

Humanitarian

The main aim of emergency response funds (ERFs) is to provide rapid and flexible funding to in-country actors to address unforeseen humanitarian needs. There are currently 14 stand-alone ERFs in operation. This report provides information and data on these ERFs, including donors to the funds, implementing agencies and sector analysis. The document also provides brief […]


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. […]


Somali CAP appeal and support to local organisations

Humanitarian

On a visit to Kenya this year I spoke to a local Somali NGO that received funding from the humanitarian response fund (HRF), an in-country financing mechanism enabling donors to pool their humanitarian assistance. The HRF was in operation until June 2010, after which it was converted into a common humanitarian fund (CHF), a strategic […]


Funding according to needs: Southern Sudan

Humanitarian

On the cusp of the conclusion of Southern Sudan’s 21 year civil war, the need to understand the extent and nature of Southern Sudan’s problems was keenly felt. Now as the interim period of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement draws to a close, we reflect in our latest report on the theme of funding according to […]


Pakistan ERF in full swing

Humanitarian

In August this year I wrote a blog questioning whether the new emergency response fund (ERF) in Pakistan would attract funding for the humanitarian emergency from non-traditional donors much like the Haiti ERF following the earthquake in January. I can now report that by the end of October the ERF has received a total of […]


The United States as an aid recipient: turning the donor-recipient relationship on its head?

Humanitarian

In recent years, there has been an interesting shift in the dynamics of donor-recipient roles. The blurring of the divide has seen ‘traditional’ aid recipients become donors and ‘traditional’ donors become aid recipients. Government donor contributions to the Haiti emergency response fund (ERF), which was set up in response to the earthquake in 2010, provides […]


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 […]


Emergency Response Fund in Pakistan

Humanitarian

Will the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) in Pakistan be a vital tool for channelling international assistance to the emergency response caused by severe flooding? Torrential rain in several areas of Pakistan has caused severe flooding estimated to affect over 3 million people. There is no doubt that the country is experiencing a humanitarian emergency and […]