Established in 2006 in the United Nations General Assembly as a “fund for all, by all”, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is the UN’s global emergency response fund. CERF was created to reduce loss of life by promoting early action and response to humanitarian crises, enhancing response to time-critical needs and strengthening core elements of humanitarian response in underfunded crises.
These have received renewed attention recently with the endorsement of a revised $1 billion funding target for CERF as well as the Grand Bargain call to explore the possibility of opening CERF for direct funding to civil society organisations.
This paper serves as an initial input into this exploration process. It seeks to analyse the potential implications of opening up CERF and serve as a basis for discussions with stakeholders.