Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Report January-March 2010

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 01 Apr 2010
Nearly USD 20.5 million granted by the CERF to West and Central Africa countries

Five West and Central Africa States -Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Chad- have received over the last three months, nearly USD 20.5 million (10 billion FCFA) from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to meet urgent humanitarian needs. In a region under the threat of food crisis, these funds will enable UN agencies and their part-ners to mainly respond to nutritional, food and health needs of vulnerable populations. Chad and Niger,2 millions / 7.8 millions people facing a food crisis, have received more than 75% of the funds.

Established in 2006, the CERF is a funding mechanism which allows rapid and coordinated response to emergencies. Its secre-tariat is provided by the Office for Humanitarian Coordination (OCHA).

In 2009, the CERF disbursed more than $ 67.4 million (FCFA 32.7 billion FCFA) to 12 West and Central Africa countries.

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