Since its establishment, the Central Emergency Response Fund has operated under the same eligibility conditions as its predecessor, the Central Emergency Revolving Fund, a loan facility open to UN agencies set up in 1992. Questions about the lack of direct access of organizations other than UN agencies have surfaced regular since CERF began operating more than a decade ago. 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.