Pooled Fund Impact

OCHA/Anthony Burke
This is a collection of impact stories from OCHA's pooled funds: the global Central Emergency Response Fund and the Country-based Pooled Funds.
What we do
OCHA's pooled funds help to support life-saving assistance for the world's most vulnerable people. Donors include countries, foundations, and private individuals.

The Story Hub collects stories that illustrate the value and impact of investment in CERF and the country-based pooled funds.  We show how UN agencies, international NGOs, and local organizations spend the money to help people in need.


The Central Emergency Response Fund is an essential enabler of global humanitarian action. CERF money allows responders to kick-start relief efforts immediately when a new crisis emerges and to scale-up and sustain longer-term relief operations to avoid critical gaps when no other funding is available.
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underfunded areas
The pooled funds support four areas critical to life and dignity that remain chronically underfunded: women and girls, people with disabilities, education in crises and other protection activities.
Women and girls
Women and girls have specific needs in an emergency.
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Persons with disability
In emergencies, persons with disabilities are often among the most vulnerable.  
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Education is often underfunded. Children miss years of schooling in protracted emergencies. Both funds are increasing their support for education.
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Protection services preserve peoples' dignity in an emergency.
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Thanks to donors for your generous contributions to the pooled funds.

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