Emergency Response Fund

Women walk long distances to collect water in Ethiopia. The country is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years.
Women walk long distances to collect water in Ethiopia. The country is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years.

Created in 2005, the Emergency Response Fund enables Oxfam Canada to provide timely, appropriate responses to emergency situations in developing countries.  

Emergency Response Fund Overview

It supports reconstruction work that enables people affected by an emergency to get back on their feet and become less vulnerable to disasters in the future. Our experience shows that disaster preparedness saves lives.

The Emergency Response Fund has contributed to addressing over 30 emergencies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
 

Recently Funded Projects

Response to flooding in nepal

Project duration:  3 months
Date Approved:  July 1, 2016
Total amount:  51,939 USD
ERF amount approved: $15,000 CAD
Number of beneficiaries: 600 households

Project description:

Torrential rain on 22 and 24 of July cause flash flooding and landslides in Nepal. According to the District Disaster Response Committee,  a total of 7475 households were affected by the floods through, with 37 being fully damaged. Oxfam is providing 600 households with hygiene kits, mosquito nets, cash for work to help with the reparations, and awareness training on sanitation and hygiene in the community.

El niño drought response in southern africa

Project Duration: 6 months
Date Approved:  May 30, 2016
Total Amount: $49.084M US
ERF Approved Amount: $30,000 CAD
Number of Beneficiaries: 1.2 million

Project Description:

Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events recorded. Across large swathes of Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, and Madagascar, the current rainfall season has so far been the driest in the last 35 years. Agricultural areas in northern Namibia and southern Angola have also experienced high levels of water deficit.

Oxfam plans to reach 1.2 million people in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe to help provide access to food, improve livestock and agriculture production to build resilience, improve water and sanitiation services, conduct hygiene promotion and to support and ensure the protection of vulnerable populations.

Response to the Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

Project duration:  6 months
Date Approved:  April 14, 2015
Total amount:  $495,000 ZAR
ERF amount approved: $20,000 CAD
Number of beneficiaries: Oxfam response will reach a total of 8,500 beneficiaries

Project description:

In April 2015, an outbreak of xenophobic or ‘afro-phobic’ violence occurred in and around Durban, South Africa, as well as other pockets around the country. Out of fear, many people were displaced from their homes and forced to seek shelter in safe sanctuaries like churches, some  8500 people were directly affected. Oxfam responded by providing for the immediate needs of those persons displaced, mainly with shelter items like blankets, mats and food. They also took part in awareness and advocacy campaigns to open dialogue on the issues involved, as well as programs to provide psychosocial support.

GiE (Gender in Emergencies) Capacity Building

Project Duration: 6 months
Date Approved: September 1, 2015
Total Amount: 625,000 Euros
ERF Approved Amount: $60,000 CAD

Project Description: 

Men and women experience the impact of natural disasters and humanitarian crises rooted in conflict differently and have many very different needs.  For this reason a good understanding of gender is critical in order to provide high quality aid to disaster affected people.  

This project contributes to a larger program in Ethiopia, Pakistan, South Sudan and the Dominican Republic where Oxfam will be furthering the integration of Women’s Rights into our emergency responses in those countries. Through gender assessments, working with local communities and women’s rights organizations, and providing training to staff, government, local partners and others involved in the response on gender in emergencies the project will provide a stronger understanding of the need and of how to include gender justice priorities in all emergency program work globally.

 

Malawi Flood Response 2015

Project duration:  6 months
Date Approved:  January 15, 2015
Total amount:  $1.47 million USD
ERF amount approved: $35,000 CAD
Number of beneficiaries: Oxfam response will reach a total of 7,000 households (38,500 people) in Mulanje district.

Project description:

High and prolonged seasonal rains in January 2015 led to extensive flooding in the Southern Region of Malawi that has affected some 1.54 million people, 336,000 of whom have been displaced.  An estimated 104 people have been confirmed dead with an additional 172 people still missing and assumed dead. The floods caused extensive damage to homes and crops. 

Oxfam is providing water, sanitation and hygiene support in the Mulange district where we have a long history of working on development issues.
 

Floods in Mozambique 2015
 
Project duration:  6 months
Date Approved:  February 23, 2015
Total amount: $1.2 million USD
ERF amount approved: $5,000 (matched by a private donation of $5,000)
Number of beneficiaries: 4,000 households (24,000 people) in Mocuba and Nicoadala districts.

Project description:

The 2014-15 rainy season was characterized by moderate to heavy rains particularly in central and northern Mozambique and neighboring upstream countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia causing localized severe flooding in sections of major river basins. This has resulted in inundation of farms, destruction of infrastructure and displacement of families.

According to the Mozambican authorities, the total number of people affected is 160,000 people (33,188 families). Zambézia alone, the most affected province, has 126,612 people (25,638 families) affected by the floods, and 19,599 people (4,180 families) in Nampula province. Death toll due to flooding, lightning strikes and infrastructure collapse total’s 158 with 134 in Zambézia. 

Oxfam’s response will support 4000 people with sanitation, water and hygiene promotion.  Oxfam will also provide shelter kits.
 

 

 


Past Emergency Response Fund Projects

Darfur

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Project duration: 6 months
Date Approved: March 2014
Total amount: USD$ 1 million
ERF amount approved: $25,000
Number of beneficiaries: 55,000 people
Project status: Completed.

Project description: WASH response for displaced people in Darfur, including access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

South Sudan Crisis

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Project duration: 12 months.
Date Approved: February 2014
Total amount: US$ 16.4 million
ERF amount approved: $25,000
Project status: Completed.

Project description: • OGB and Intermon WASH and food response to displaced people.
 


CAR refugees in Chad

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Project duration: 6 months.
Date Approved: February 2014
Total amount: EUR €1.028.372
ERF amount approved: $25,000
Number of beneficiaries: 30,000 people
Project status: Completed.

Project description: Integrated WaSH & EFSL emergency assistance to CAR refugees and host populations in Southern Chad.
 


Congolese Refugee Influx

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Project duration:
3 months

Date Approved:
August 2013

ERF amount approved: $25,000 CAD

Project status: Completed.

Project description: WASH activities including the provision of bladders and water trucking.


India Floods

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Project duration:
9 months

Date Approved:
July 2013

ERF amount approved: $25,000 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 30,000 people

Project status: Completed.

Project description: Provision of food ration packets, emergency shelter items (tarpaulins, ground sheets, blankets) and non-food items (hygiene kits).
 

 

Sichuan Province Earthquake Response, China

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Assistance for people displaced
 
 
Project duration:
12 months

Date Approved:
June 2013

Total amount:
$1,411,000 USD

ERF amount approved: $25,000 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 40,000 people

Project status: Completed.

Project description: Provision of temporary shelter materials, essential non-food items, access to safe drinking water and sanitation along with increasing communities DRR capacity.
 

 

Gaza Province Floods Response, Mozambique

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Assistance for people displaced
 
 
Project duration:
6 months

Date Approved:
March 2013

Total amount:
$1,000,000 CAD

ERF amount approved: $25,000 CAD (additional grant provided by USW for 20K)

Number of beneficiaries: 29,743 people

Project status: Completed

Project description: Provision of livelihoods support, hygiene promotion, and safe access to clean water and sanitation in response to flooding in early 2013 in Gaza province.
 

 

Response to Hurricane Sandy, Cuba

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Assistance for people displaced
 

 

Project duration:
7 months

Date Approved:
October 2012

Total amount:
$340,741 EUR

ERF amount approved: $26,190.00 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 250 families

Project status: Completed.

Project description: Provision of shelter materials in response to destruction to homes caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

 

 

Cyclone Funso Response, Zambezia Province, Mozambique

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Assistance for people displaced
 

 

Project duration:
6 months

Date Approved:
February 2012

Total amount:
$407,839 EUR

ERF amount approved: $25,000 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 27,585 people

Project status: Completed

Project description: Provision of essential non-food items, hygiene promotion, and safe access to clean water and sanitation in response to flooding in January 2012 along the coast of Mozambique

 

 

Assam Flood Response, India 2012

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Assistance for people displaced
 

 

Project duration: 
7 months

Date Approved:
August 2012

Total amount: 
$407,702 USD

ERF amount approved: $25,000 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 48,620 families

Project status: Completed

Project description: Provision of emergency livelihood support, transitional shelter, essential non-food items and access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and information in response to flooding in June 2012 in north east India

 

 

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Assistance for people

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Assistance for people displaced
 

 

Project duration: 
4 months

Total amount: 
$115,000 CAD

ERF amount approved: $24,312 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 21,540 people in Harare and Bulawayo

Project status: Completed

Project description: Provided assistance to people displaced during the Zimbabwe government's Operation Restore Order

 

 

Nicaragua: Rats project


 

 

Project duration: 
3 months

Total amount: 
$76,881 USD

ERF amount approved: $12,000 USD

Number of beneficiaries: 
39 communities, 7014 people

Project status: Completed

Project description: Provided food aid and seeds to people affected by plague transmitted by rats.

 

 



Guatemala: Hurricane Stan


 

 

Project duration: 
6 months

Total amount: 
$35,000 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$10,000 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
4 communities, 100 families

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided food, medicine, blankets and chlorine through local partner AMES 

 

 

Ethiopia: Provision of Emergency Veterinary Services


 

 

Project duration: 
6 months

Total amount: 
$28,480 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$28,480 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
5,000 families

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided veterinary services in drought affected areas to protect the livelihoods of those communities through local partner Gudina Tumsa Foundation. 

 

 

Lebanon: Crisis Emergency Response


 

 

Project duration: 
3 months

Total amount: 
$52,472 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$23,316 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
2,940 families

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided basic NFI and public health information

 

 

Sri Lanka: Trinconmalee Public Health Emergency Reponse


 

 

Project duration: 
6 months

Total amount: 
$303,642 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$3,642 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
2,000 families

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided water and sanitation in IDP camp

 

 

Sri Lanka: Crisis Response


 

 

Project duration: 
12 months

Total amount: 
$505,250 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$5,250 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
57,000 people

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided water and sanitation, public health promotion and shelter

 

 

Mogadishu: Somalia Conflict Response


 

 

Project duration: 
10 months

Total amount: 
$70,523 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$20,000 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
5,880 people (1000 families)

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided sanitation, cash for work, public health promotion, training on women's rights and GBV. Documentation of HR abuses and GBV incidences

 

 

Pakistan, Dadu district: Humanitarian Response to Floods


 

 

Project duration: 
3 months

Total amount: 
$165,000 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$15,000 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
2,000 families

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided potable water, mosquito nets, hygiene kits and mobile clinics

 

 

Nepal: Flood Response

 

2007

Project duration: 
6 months

Total amount: 
$30,000 CAD

ERF amount approved:
$25,000 CAD 

Number of beneficiaries: 
2,277 families

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided emergency shelter materials, public health promotion and education

2008

Project duration: 
3 months

Total amount: 
$25,000 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$7,819 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
6,000 families

Project status: 
Completed

Project description:
Provided immediate shelter to people displaced

 

Cuba: Hurricane Gustav Response

Cuba: Hurrican Gustav Response project
 

 

Project duration: 
9 months

Total amount: 
$45,116 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$25,000 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
1,774 families

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Agricultural reactivation

 

 

Gaza: Crisis Response


 

 

Project duration: 
3 months

Total amount: 
$27,340 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$25,000 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
6,000 people

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Secured potable water for one neighbourhood in Gaza strip by replacing damaged pipes 

 

 

Myanmar: Cyclone Response

 

Phase 1

Project duration: 
4 months

Total amount: 
$62,931 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$13,127 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
650,000 people

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided water and sanitation, shelter and basic NFI

Phase 2

Project duration: 
12 months

Total amount: 
$25,300 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$1,150 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
650,000 people

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided water and sanitation, shelter and basic NFI

 

Somalia: Water Crisis Response


 

 

Project duration: 
2 months

Total amount: 
$20,000 CAD

ERF amount approved:
 
$5,579 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
4,000 families (24,000 people)

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provided short term water supply and rehabilitated boreholes in eastern Sanaag

 

 

Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo:
Water and Public Health Promotion

 DRC Water and Public Health project
 

 

Project duration: 
5 months

Total amount: 
$10,000 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$1,045 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
36,288 people 

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provision of water and health promotion

 

 

El Salvador: Tropical Depression 12-E Humanitarian Response


 

 

Project duration: 
6 months

Total amount: 
$25,000 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$25,000 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
2,100 families

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Provision of food, water, NFI and medicine through local partner ORMUSA

 

 

Afghanistan: Humanitarian Capacity Building


 

 

Project duration: 
12 months

Total amount: 
$26,235 CAD

ERF amount approved: 
$21,014 CAD

Number of beneficiaries: 
humanitarian partner organization personnel

Project status: 
Completed

Project description: 
Improve the effectiveness of partners engaged in humanitarian relief