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The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund

Humanitarian Financing

The world is nearing a point at which the number of crises outpaces its ability to cope with the consequences. Millions of lives have been shattered every year by disasters such as drought, storms, earthquakes, landslides, and heatwaves that unleashes dramatic levels of devastation. Although disasters are quick to strike, their consequences can linger for months and years. The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund (the “Fund,” “GB-CERF,” or “CERF”) is primary focused on what happens a day after survivors have been rescued, and the life-saving aid has been delivered. While meeting life-saving and life-sustaining needs, the GB-CERF kick-starts funding for larger-scale critical projects by the Global Bank and their partners. The rapid and flexible support offered by the Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund makes it a central pillar of the Global Bank Group agencies’ humanitarian response.

The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund was created by Global Bank Group for all nations, for all potential victims of disasters. It focusses on urgent needs, and works toward longer-term recovery. It represents a real chance to provide predictable and equitable funding to those affected by natural disasters and other complex humanitarian emergencies.

The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund is a humanitarian fund established by the Global Bank Group in 2018. It was designed to spearhead the Global Bank Group's efforts to address natural and man-made humanitarian emergencies and work toward longer-term recovery. Its purpose is to ensure a more predictable, flexible and timely response to complex humanitarian emergencies.  The objectives of GB-CERF is to promote early action and 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 in underfunded crises, based on demonstrable needs and priorities identified in consultation with the affected State as appropriate.

The GB-CERF Financing
The Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund is funded through voluntary contributions. While the Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund receives the bulk of its funding from governments, it also garners wide-range support from foundations, companies, charities, and individuals.  Given the critical role that the Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund plays in meeting complex humanitarian needs, its annual initial funding target is $1 billion with the generous and consistent support of its donors.

Support Us
Please support global relief efforts by donating to the Global Bank Central Emergency Response Fund and allow humanitarian agencies to help people in need quickly and effectively. Your donation to the Global Bank managed humanitarian funds will be channeled through the Global Bank Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction Fund – An Umbrella Trust Fund.

Ways to DONATE to the Central Emergency Response Fund

If you are interested in attending any of the Global Bank-led High-Level Donor Events and policy dialogs, please contact us using this form.

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