Los Angeles, CA – December 12, 2019 — Today, in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) held from 2 to 13 December 2019 in Madrid, Spain, the Global Bank Group announces the expansion of Global Bank programme to include conflict, and fragility. The launching of this expansion marks another milestone in addressing disasters, conflict, and fragility. It builds on the Global Bank Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction Fund – An Umbrella Trust Fund (@GBDRRRF) (GB-DRRRF) and the Global Bank Adaptation and Resilience Action Plan.
The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund (GB-CERF) was established in 2019, as a multi-donor partnership and grant-making financing mechanism. Its purpose is to ensure a more predictable, flexible, and timely response to disasters, conflict, and fragility.
The objectives of the Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund are to promote early action and rapid response to reduce the loss of life, enhance response to time-critical requirements, and to strengthen Global Bank Group’s core elements of humanitarian response, particularly in underfunded crises, based on demonstrable needs and priorities identified in consultation with the affected State as appropriate.
“There is a growing recognition that countries often face multiple, overlapping risks beyond those stemming from fragility, including climate change and natural disasters and economic shocks,” says Ron Nechemia (@RonNechemia), President of the Global Bank Group (@GlobalBankGroup). He added, “To boost the percentage of coverage, the Global Bank is working toward breaking out of traditional funding models that are no longer sufficient for the complex and protracted crises we face. To this end, Global Bank has proposed a more tailored engagement in different situations of building resilience to ensure that the resources are targeted towards the people, sectors and areas that need them the most; and promote efficiency so that the resources are used as effectively as possible.”
GB-CERF ENSURES A MORE PREDICTABLE, FLEXIBLE AND TIMELY RESPONSE TO COMPLEX HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCIES
The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund is a humanitarian fund established by the Global Bank Group for all nations and for all potential victims of disasters. It was designed to spearhead the Global Bank Group's efforts to address natural and man-made humanitarian emergencies. The GB-CERF is primarily focused on what happens a day after survivors have been rescued, and the initial lifesaving aid has been delivered. While continuing to meet lifesaving and life-sustaining needs, the GB-CERF kick-starts funding for sustainable larger-scale critical projects by Global Bank and their partners. Its purpose is to ensure a more predictable, flexible, and timely response to complex humanitarian emergencies. The rapid and flexible support offered by the GB-CERF makes it a central pillar of the Global Bank Group agencies’ crisis response.
Key elements of the new fund include:
- The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund Operates Autonomically from any other actor’s humanitarian objectives, including political, economic, military or other purposes in areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.
- The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund grant element is divided into two windows: one for Rapid Responses (approximately two-thirds of the grant element) and the other for Underfunded Emergencies (approximately one-third of the grant element).
- The Rapid Response window provides funds intended to mitigate the unevenness and delays of the voluntary contribution by providing seed money for lifesaving, humanitarian activities in the initial days and weeks of a sudden onset crisis or a deterioration in an ongoing situation. In parallel to the Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund Rapid Response grant, agencies will be looking for other sources of funding to complement the GB-CERF funds.
- The Underfunded Emergencies window supports countries that are significantly challenged by “forgotten” emergencies. With technical support from the CERF Secretariat, the GB-CERF Steering Committee selects countries to benefit from the GB-CERF underfunded emergencies window.
- The Advisory Board comprising of up to 18 independent experts who broadly represent the humanitarian community appointed by the president of Global Bank Group and donors to provide policy guidance and expert advice to the CERF Steering Committee on the implementation of the GB-CERF’s mandate as a whole, including on the speed and appropriateness of its allocations and on the use and impact of the fund.
- An Annual Donor Conference will ensure regular replenishment of the Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund.
GLOBAL BANK TO CONTINUE INVESTING IN BUILDING RESILIENCE
The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund is built on the Global Bank Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction Fund – An Umbrella Trust Fund’s experience of crisis response and the need to respond to a perceived gap in the Global Bank Group architecture. The GB-CERF has provided Global Bank with the flexibility to support countries facing shocks within Global Bank’s cycles requiring that additional resources be made available faster than possible under the regular Global Bank allocation framework.
The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund has evolved from focusing on the physical impact of natural disasters to also include two other types of crises— fragile, conflict, and violence (FCV); and public health emergencies. The GB-CERF is set up as a pilot under the Global Bank Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction Fund – An Umbrella Trust Fund to address repercussions of a natural catastrophe or man-made disaster in the countries of operation.
Initial Resource Mobilization
The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund is funded through voluntary contributions. While the GB-CERF is expecting to receive the bulk of its funding from governments, efforts are also likely to focus on reaching out to non-traditional contributors, including from the private sector and philanthropic foundations. The GB-CERF will launch its initial resource mobilization in January 2020 and expecting to gather pledges rapidly.
The need and desire to ensure successful resource mobilization led to the creation of a High-Level Advisory Board on Humanitarian Financing (HABHF) by the President of the Global Bank Group, Ron Nechemia, in February 2019.