Migration Emergency Response Fund

Filling the gap in humanitarian responses for migrants in Africa


The Start Network’s Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) allows organisations to provide a rapid response to changes in needs along the migration route.

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About the MERF

Adapting to fluctuating needs along the migration route


The Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) is a rapid response context-specific contingency fund operated and managed by the Start Network, its members, and in collaboration with its donor, UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The objective of the MERF is to rapidly respond to acute and emerging gaps and changes in needs along migration route. It is also meant to improve the effectiveness and understanding of the migration response and trends. It operates in 11 countries: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.

 

Start members can raise an alert in the following circumstances:

New/unforeseen humanitarian needs that cannot be responded to under current programming



Emergence of new vulnerable groups not covered under ongoing programmes



Clear systemic gaps that are currently not covered under ongoing programmes but have a high impact on the beneficiaries affected



E.g., 11/24/2020
E.g., 11/24/2020
Alert Alert date Country Crisis type Alert type Status of alert Amount awarded Agencies Funded
M024 Niger (gaps not covered) 29 May 2020 - 14:53 Niger Clear systemic gaps Slow onset Not allocated Read more
M023 Niger (gaps not covered) 20 May 2020 - 16:31 Niger Clear systemic gaps Slow onset Not allocated Read more
M022 Cameroon (Anticipation of COVID-19) 20 Mar 2020 - 16:43 Cameroon New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Clear systemic gaps Anticipatory Reporting £300,000 International Medical Corps (IMC), Plan International, Solidarites International Read more
M021 Tunisia (Mixed migration influx) 7 Aug 2019 - 10:19 Tunisia New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Clear systemic gaps Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
M020 Morocco (Sudden relocation of vulnerable groups) 17 Jul 2019 - 15:47 Morocco New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Clear systemic gaps Rapid onset Reporting £265,000 Read more
M019 Niger (Influx of Nigerian refugees) 26 Jun 2019 - 09:16 Niger New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Emergence of new vulnerable groups;Clear systemic gaps Rapid onset Reporting £350,000 Mercy Corps, World Vision Read more
M018 Morocco (spike in needs and gaps in response) 18 Mar 2019 - 13:42 Morocco New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Clear systemic gaps Slow onset Not allocated Read more
M017 Morocco (anticipation of spike in need) 17 Dec 2018 - 09:34 Morocco New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Emergence of new vulnerable groups;Clear systemic gaps Anticipatory Reporting £480,000 Read more
M016 Niger (Relocation of vulnerable groups) 3 Sep 2018 - 14:00 Niger New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Clear systemic gaps Rapid onset Completed £135,000 Doctors of the World Read more
M015 Morocco (Essential needs not covered) 22 Aug 2018 - 09:22 Morocco New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Clear systemic gaps Rapid onset Reporting £387,067 Doctors of the World Read more
M014 Niger (Relocation of vulnerable groups) 15 Aug 2018 - 11:04 Niger New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Clear systemic gaps Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
M013 Serbia (Food, WASH, Protection, PSS) 23 Oct 2017 - 16:03 Serbia New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Emergence of new vulnerable groups Rapid onset Reporting £510,539 Care International, Catholic Relief Services, Oxfam, Save the Children Read more
M012 Niger (Essential needs not covered) 20 Oct 2017 - 12:10 Niger Emergence of new vulnerable groups;Clear systemic gaps Slow onset Not allocated Read more
M011 Niger (Essential needs not covered) 4 Sep 2017 - 13:18 Niger New/unforeseen humanitarian needs Anticipatory Reporting £99,000 Doctors of the World Read more
M010 Serbia (Basic needs and protection) 21 Aug 2017 - 09:43 Serbia Clear systemic gaps Slow onset Reporting £499,384 Care International, Catholic Relief Services Read more
M009 Italy (Unexpected movements of people) 5 Jul 2017 - 10:49 Italy New/unforeseen humanitarian needs Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
M008 Morocco (Essential needs for migrants) 21 Jun 2017 - 13:10 Morocco Emergence of new vulnerable groups;Clear systemic gaps Slow onset Reporting £144,246 Doctors of the World Read more
M007 Niger (Access to water, hygiene and sanitation) 10 Apr 2017 - 12:43 Niger Emergence of new vulnerable groups Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
M006 Serbia (Urgent food needs) 27 Feb 2017 - 13:47 Serbia New/unforeseen humanitarian needs Rapid onset Reporting £439,987 Care International, Christian Aid, Oxfam Read more
M005 Serbia (Changes spikes in migration flows) 30 Jan 2017 - 18:00 Serbia New/unforeseen humanitarian needs;Emergence of new vulnerable groups Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
M004 Serbia (Changes spikes in migration flows) 24 Jan 2017 - 16:54 Serbia New/unforeseen humanitarian needs Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
M003 Bulgaria (Winterisation) 18 Jan 2017 - 14:02 Bulgaria Emergence of new vulnerable groups Rapid onset Reporting £86,859 Doctors of the World Read more
M002 Bulgaria (Winterisation) 15 Jan 2017 - 16:13 Bulgaria Emergence of new vulnerable groups Rapid onset Not allocated Read more
M001 Serbia (Winterisation) 11 Jan 2017 - 16:04 Serbia New/unforeseen humanitarian needs Rapid onset Reporting £149,940 Oxfam Read more

Types of Alert

 

1. Alert for a 1-3-month response - Standard response

2. Alert for a 3-6-month response – Can be used in circumstances where a slightly longer response can be strongly justified              

3. Crisis Anticipation – Can be raised for 1-3 month projects where a crisis can be anticipated

 

Collaborative Information Collection and Analysis (CICA) grant 

A grant for needs assessments, context analysis or information gathering that could be used to build a case for further funding. Guidance on how to submit a CICA request can be found here.

 

Related Migration Programmes:

The MERF came after the Start Network had responded to migration in Europe through the European Refugees Response programmes in 2015 and 2016. You can find more information about these programmes here.

The MERF initially ran from January to December 2017 and funded 15 projects in 4 countries. Lessons from this phase have been built into the current phase of the MERF. Please find the MERF annual report here, and independent research on the MERF and Mixed Migration Flows along the Mediterranean here.

 

MERF members and donor

Action Against Hunger

ACTED

ALIMA

CAFOD

Care International 

Catholic Relief Services

Christian Aid

Danish Refugee Council

Doctors of the World

Dorcas Aid International

GOAL

Humanity & Inclusion

International Medical Corps 

International Rescue Committee

Islamic Relief

Mines Advisory Group

Mercy Corps

Norwegian Refugee Council

Oxfam

Plan International 

Save the Children

Solidarités International 

Tearfund

Welthungerhilfe

World Vision

 

The MERF is funded by the British Department for International Development (DFID) and is delivered as part of a consortium project with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

 

 

Further Information

Find out more about the MERF