Australia works with the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving support to communities in need.
The CERF is a global fund that enables humanitarian partners to respond rapidly to immediate need and provide critical support to underfunded crises.
Australia contributes $11 million annually to CERF. In May 2017, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop signed a new four-year commitment of $44 million.
This funding is used to enable humanitarian partners to provide rapid assistance to people in immediate need and provide critical support to underfunded crises. These organisations include UN agencies and NGOs.
Australia is the 11th biggest donor to CERF and has contributed $168 million since 2006. CERF provides humanitarian partners with funding that has each year on average:
- Delivered critical health care to 20 million people
- Provided food assistance to 10 million people
- Helped 8 million people access water and sanitation services
- Supported livelihoods for 5 million people
- Helped protect 4 million people
- Given shelter to 1 million people
More information: CERF’s annual results report [PDF 5.7 MB]