CERF: Lifesaving criteria

Post date Thursday, 20 August, 2015 - 15:07
Document Type Tools and Guidance, Manual/Guideline
Content Themes Emergency Response, Resource Mobilization
Sources CERF
Filed under Resource Mobilization

Support from the CERF is based on the idea of prioritized “life-saving” assistance to people in need. While the notion of life-saving and time-critical assistance seems relatively clear, an objective technical definition is difficult to find. To ensure adherence to its mandated role the CERF defines “life-saving” by using the basic humanitarian principle of placing the people and communities affected in the focus and applying a rights-based approach traced back to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular the right to life with dignity. These guidelines aim at clarifying definitions and determining criteria for the CERF grant elements. They cover general as well as cluster and/or sectoral criteria for both the rapid response and underfunded windows of the CERF. In situations where the Cluster Approach is
not in place, these guidelines should nonetheless be used by the sectors to guide interventions,as well as to guide agency-mandated activities that do not fall under clusters/sectors (such as UNHCR’s refugee mandate). The intent of these guidelines is to be inclusive of different types of activities, while simplifying interpretation at field level. It is anticipated that the criteria will assist in improving the quality of submissions as well as simplify and speed up the approval process.

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