CERF's Second Underfunded Round is complete with nearly $56 million allocated
Country selection and country envelopes (phase I): Taking into consideration the level of funding for lifesaving operations by humanitarian agencies, severity of the crisis and agencies' recommendations of non-CAP countries, the ERC selected 10 CAP countries and 10 non-CAP countries. The countries receiving the largest allocations were DPRK and Zimbabwe (15 percent each of the total amount for round I and II) followed by Ethiopia (12 percent), Somalia (8 percent).
Submission of grant requests (phase II): Following in-country prioritization of sectors and projects, RC/HCs submitted grant request packages within the scope of each allocated Underfunded envelope.
Surge: Surge support from OCHA Regional Offices, agencies and/or the CERF Secretariat was deployed to six countries. Surge capacity was effective in raising awareness on the CERF application process and in improving the quality of proposals submitted.
Sectors: The sectors receiving the largest share of grants were food (24 percent); health-nutrition (16 percent); health (14 percent);5 and agriculture and water and sanitation (both 12 percent).
Recipient agencies: The largest recipient agencies of grants were WFP, UNICEF, FAO and UNHCR.
Project size: The average approved project amount was $694,1226.
Approval (phase III): Rejection rate: A total of 187 projects were received, most of which underwent revision by the field following review by the CERF Secretariat; five projects were rejected due to incompatibility with the CERF Life-Saving Criteria.
Overall approved amount: Following adjustments of project amounts in the review process and rejections an overall amount of $129 million was approved, against a total $130 million set aside for the Underfunded rounds in 2009.
Rates of revision: The rate was particularly high for some countries during round II where surge could have been considered.
Timeliness of approval: The average number of days that passed between the final submission of a (revised) project to the CERF Secretariat, its internal processing, and final approval by the ERC, improved by two days between round I and II to reach five days for round II.
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