U.N. Dispatch Explores U.N. CERF’s Role In Ensuring Financial Support To Underfunded Global Emergencies

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Mark Leon Goldberg, executive editor of U.N. Dispatch, discusses the role of the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which was created by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and “directs funds to those crises that are not attracting the sufficient attention of donors.” Goldberg notes, “On April 11, OCHA announced the largest disbursement of CERF funds ever, directing $125 million to 13 underfunded emergencies. … And on the same day this record allocation of emergency funds was released, OCHA also announced a $25 million allocation for ongoing crisis in Sudan. … CERF is a good example of why flexibility in funding is a valuable tool to maximize the impact of donor dollars for humanitarian relief…” (4/16).