Originally called the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF was created to provide humanitarian assistance to children living in a world shattered by the Second World War. To this day, UNICEF responds to natural and human-made emergencies. For more information about UNICEF’s role in emergency response, visit UNICEF's Office of Emergency Operations (EMOPS).
UNICEF is committed to mobilizing necessary resources in a timely manner to meet the rights and needs of children and women in humanitarian crises. UNICEF does this by:
- participating in the Consolidated Appeals Processes (CAPS);
- issuing Humanitarian Action Updates, Immediate Needs Documents and funding proposals as new emergencies emerge;
- processing rapid response and underfunded Central Emergency Response Fund proposals;
- processing flash appeals for non-CAP countries; and
- issuing Emergency Programme Funds (revolving internal loans).
Sources of humanitarian funding
The Central Emergency Response Fund
United Nations Consolidated and Flash Appeals
Relief Web: Financial Tracking System and Funding ‘Quick Search’
Humanitarian Action for Children 2013
Humanitarian Action and Post-Crisis Recovery
Thematic Report 2011