Fact Sheet: Emergency Response Fund (ERF) Pakistan

History of the ERF in Pakistan:

Pakistan remains among the most disaster-prone countries, with a history of humanitarian emergencies caused by floods, drought, cyclones, earthquakes and conflict.

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the ERF as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds incountry at the onset of an emergency, as an adjunct to other funding streams. The majority of ERF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in humanitarian service provision to meet acute humanitarian needs. In many cases, ERF funding has been the only funding available to meet critical humanitarian needs.

Donor contributions enable projects to be funded to provide food, water and shelter projects immediately following a natural disaster; life-saving nutrition and medical care; and basic life necessities for people struggling to survive in humanitarian emergencies. ERF funds can also be drawn down in situations of underfunding of acute needs in priority sectors. In the absence of a consolidated funds appeal mechanism in Pakistan, the ERF plays a crucial role in providing funds to bridge gaps in delivery of humanitarian services in the country

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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