United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

Australia works with the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a global fund that enables humanitarian partners to provide life-saving support to people in need through rapid response when a new crisis emerges, and critical support to underfunded crises.

Australia provided $11 million in funding to CERF in 2018-19, and was the 10th largest donor.

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 2018 Annual Report [PDF] and CERF Results Report – 2019 edition [PDF].



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Find out more about how Australia supports CERF to deploy funding rapidly in a crisis.

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