This is a collection of impact stories from OCHA’s pooled funds: the global Central Emergency Response Fund and the Country-based Pooled Funds.
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 Pooled Fund StoryHub collects stories that illustrate the value and impact of investment in the Central Emergency Response Fund and the Country-based Pooled Funds. We show how UN agencies, international NGOs, and local organizations use that money to help people in need.
The Country-based Pooled Funds
In 2022, the CBPFs allocated more than US $1.2 billion to ensure life-saving assistance for some 47 million people caught in crisis.
They support local humanitarian efforts, including direct funding to local organizations. In 2022, about $345 million went directly to local and national organizations like Aliadas en Cadena in Venezuela, which is well-positioned to reach remote and vulnerable communities.
The Funds continue to improve, innovate and adapt to the scale and nature of humanitarian needs. For example, the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund rapidly expanded its support by allocating $283 million in 2022, almost quadruple its 2020 allocations – to sustain life-saving assistance in a rapidly deteriorating operating environment.
The CBPFs use funds strategically to strengthen the humanitarian response, including by providing critical assistance ahead of predictable hazards (such as in South Sudan, before the forecast floods arrived, to strengthen and rehabilitate critical infrastructure) and, where possible, to empower people with cash assistance to make their own household spending decisions , as in Somalia, Ukraine, and DRC.
THE COUNTRY-BASED POOLED FUNDS
Central Emergency Response Fund
The Central Emergency Response Fund is an essential enabler of global humanitarian action. A global fund that is truly “for all, by all,” it supports both sudden onset emergencies and chronically underfunded crises.
In 2022, CERF allocated $735 million to support relief efforts worldwide – assisting some 32.7 million people.
Through its Rapid Response window, CERF money allows responders to kick-start relief efforts immediately when a new crisis emerges.
With its Underfunded Emergencies window, CERF supports longer-term relief operations to avoid critical gaps when no other funding is available.
- CERF was at hand to respond to the global food security situation, allocating some $130 million to help people in 11 countries, including in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.
- CERF helped people whose lives were overturned by weather-related events – like the floods in Pakistan, and major storms in Honduras.
- CERF reinforces support for the most vulnerable – for example, by supporting Child Protection in Lebanon and a safe space for women affected by violence in Ethiopia.
- CERF supports early action for predictable hazards, using Anticipatory Action mechanisms to respond to floods in Nepal and to prevent a potential cholera outbreak in DRC.
- Pooled funds work together to deliver aid after earthquakes in Syria, Türkiye“For the cost of two tents – which have to be replaced every six months – we’d like to provide a dignified shelter, providing more privacy, more durability and lasting much longer.”
- Women and girls living in displacement can access essential suppliesSomalia | 2023 | CBPF “It helped me feel more like myself again. It’s made my life a little bit easier.”
- Sharing knowledge to stay safe from water-borne diseaseSomalia | 2023 | CBPF “This information was very useful.”