On Thursday, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) disbursed $150 million, the largest ever grant, to help underfunded humanitarian operations in 13 countries.
This cash, for Martin Griffiths, the Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, is a lifeline for millions of people caught up in underfunded crises.
The decision comes after the release of the Global Humanitarian Overview, which forecasts that 274 million people would require humanitarian aid this year, the biggest number in decades.
At a cost of at least $41 billion, the United Nations and its partners hope to help 183 million of the world’s most disadvantaged people.
The funds will be used to help vulnerable communities meet their most pressing needs.
Syria’s humanitarian efforts are receiving the greatest funding, with $25 million. The DRC will receive $23 million, Sudan will receive $20 million, and Myanmar will receive $12 million.
Burkina Faso, Chad, and Niger will each receive $10 million in aid.
The remaining funds will go to Haiti and Lebanon, each receiving $8 million, Madagascar, $7 million, Kenya, and Angola, each receiving $6 million, and Honduras, $5 million.
The fund is one of the quickest and smartest methods for the UN to support those affected by crises.
It enables UN agencies and others to launch or reinforce emergency response wherever it is needed in a fast, effective, and life-saving manner.
Allocation decisions for underfunded situations are made after a thorough examination of over 90 humanitarian indicators and extensive engagement with stakeholders.
Since its creation by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, the fund has helped hundreds of millions of people in over 110 countries and territories with a total of $7.5 billion, including more than $2.4 billion for underfunded crises.