United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

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]

Last Updated: 11 August 2017
Woman using water pump provided by CERF
CERF funding has been used to provide Sudanese refugees living in Chad with clean water. Credit: UNICEF
Julie Bishop at signing
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien to sign a new multi-year commitment in May 2017. Credit: DFAT