Yearly Contribution to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) 2024

Established in 2005 as the UN’s global emergency response fund, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – managed and administered by OCHA – pools contributions from funding partners around the world into a single global fund to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts. It is often the first funding source in new and rapidly escalating emergencies, and one of the few funding sources in underfunded emergencies.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Humanitarian efficiency
01.01.2024 - 31.12.2024
CHF  5’000’000

In 2024, conflict and climate change-related effects, among other factors, will only continue to fuel current crises and translate into more humanitarian emergencies. As humanitarian resources become increasingly insufficient, there is a risk of leaving millions of people without basic means of survival.

In this context, a fully-resourced CERF at USD 1 billion, as endorsed by the General Assembly in 2016, is essential to ensure efficient, coordinated assistance reaches the people most in need.

Objectives Support the timely allocation and disbursement of funds to address the most urgent humanitarian needs and assist the most vulnerable people across the globe.
Target groups Women and men, girls and boys affected by natural disaster or conflict across the globe.
Medium-term outcomes
  • Anticipatory action is scaled up and proactive measures are provided to mitigate the impact of humanitarian disasters.
  • CERF’s role in climate crisis financing is strengthened such as through dedicated climate action account.
  • Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) is strengthened through funding aiming at empowering affected people, including women led organizations and women human rights organizations, to participate actively in humanitarian decision-making and enhance the overall responsiveness of humanitarian aid.

Expected results:   Assistance to people caught up in new emergencies and in existing emergencies that have deteriorated significantly is provided.

Results from previous phases:  

  • In 2023, CERF proved instrumental in enabling response to time-critical humanitarian needs, with the most urgent requests processed in as little as two days.
  • CERF also continued to play a significant role in anticipatory humanitarian action as the largest global funder in this domain. This support has facilitated the development of anticipatory action frameworks in 19 countries, enabling proactive measures to mitigate the impact of humanitarian disasters.
  • CERF has become the leading global humanitarian funding tool for responding to climaterelated humanitarian emergencies, with an annual average of close to 30 per cent of total allocations going to climate-related disasters.
  • CERF reinforced its commitment to boost operations in underfunded crises. In 2023, CERF allocated an unprecedented allocation of USD 271 million through its Underfunded Emergencies window, the highest ever annual amount.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • CERF

Coordination with other projects and actors UN agencies, funds and programmes
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    5’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    5’000’000 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   138’360’000
Project phases Phase 19 01.01.2024 - 31.12.2024   (Current phase) Phase 18 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2023   (Completed) Phase 13 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2018   (Completed) Phase 12 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 11 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 10 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 9 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 8 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)