Development cooperation

INT/Humanitarian assistance; Finland's support to UN's Central Emergency Response Fund, CERF


Ministry for Foreign Affairs grants 1 million euros to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The global humanitarian situation has continued to worsen during 2022. The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection has risen to 324 million. Out of the 51.7 billion dollars needed for the UN humanitarian operations, only 24.2 billion has been funded. CERF has received the least amount of funds since 2017, covering this year only 52.6% of its 1 billion dollar target. CERF is a strategic humanitarian fund that increases the predictability of funding and improves the speed and timeliness of the UN humanitarian response. CERF responds rapidly to sudden onset emergencies and allocates funding to underfunded crises. CERF pays special attention to four underfunded priorities: gender equality, disability inclusion, protection and education in emergencies. Through CERF, Finland can respond to humanitarian crises also in countries to which the humanitarian budget does not allow earmarked funding.

Funding decision

1 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Material relief assistance and services 100%

Funding channel

Central Emergency Response Fund



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