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OCHA Pooled Funds Complementary: Central Emergency Response Fund and Country-Based Pooled Funds (25 August 2023)


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OCHA’s Pooled Funds are one of the most effective ways to ensure that life-saving help reaches people affected by crisis. When both Funds respond to the same crisis, the Humanitarian Coordinator makes sure that the money is used to maximise their joint impact.

In 2022, the combined allocations by CERF and CBPF were $2 billion, with $1.22 billion allocated by CBPFs and $734.6 million by CERF across 42 countries.

While each context is unique, one or several of the following principles often underpin joint CBPF-CERF allocation strategies:

Temporal sequencing

CBPF and CERF allocations can support different phases of an emergency response — allowing for continuity in the scaling up of humanitarian services.

Complementary Fund recipients

CBPF and CERF allocations can support different recipient organizations to best address the overall humanitarian situation, with CBPFs providing most of their funding to a wide network of front-line national and international NGO partners, and CERF focusing on fewer, largescale grants for direct operational requirements of UN agencies.

Complementary sectoral focus

Informed by each Fund’s comparative advantage, allocations can address needs in different sectors to achieve the most effective coverage.

Complementary geographical targeting

CBPF and CERF allocations can target different geographical locations to achieve the required coverage to meet the needs of the most severely affected communities.

Common promotion of global priorities and cross-cutting issues

CBPF and CERF allocations can be used together to reinforce consideration of, and attention to, key themes, cross-cutting issues and good practices recognized by the wider humanitarian community as important to the quality of aid.

Source: Relief Web


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