The objective of the DERF is to prevent
the loss of life and escalation of suffering
among people affected by acute humanitarian crises. This is done by establishing
a mechanism that is rapid, effective, flexible, and relevant. The DERF enables Danish
CSOs and their partners to respond to acute
humanitarian crises and to reach affected
populations by responding to their needs.
The DERF objective is to be achieved
through localised humanitarian responses.
The interventions of Danish CSOs with no
strategic partnership with the MFA, can
be supported if they have relevant access,
capacities, and expertise, either with local or
national implementing partners or through
their own localised presence, to respond to
the humanitarian needs of people affected
Rapid and flexible humanitarian funding
of the DERF makes it possible for organisations to seek funding in a timely manner
to respond to crises. DERF funding is for
humanitarian responses in all countries eligible to receive official development assistance (OECD/DAC list) and without predetermined sectoral limitations. The allocation
of funds is based on humanitarian principles
The DERF supports only lifesaving interventions through localised humanitarian
responses and assists particularly vulnerable groups of people among populations
at-risk of, or already affected by, an acute
humanitarian crisis. This is reflected in the
two humanitarian funding modalities.
All Danish CSOs who do not have a strategic partnership with the MFA are eligible for
DERF funding. Danish CSOs must demonstrate that they have relevant access, capacity, and expertise to assist people affected
by crisis through partnerships with local or
national implementers or in exceptional
cases through their own organisation
The Danish CSO and the implementing partner(s) must follow these DERF guidelines
and their supporting guides. They must also
elaborate on the adherence to the CHS commitments before, during and after the intervention. The CHS constitutes the foundation
of both the DERF application and final report
formats and is regarded as instrumental in
realising the localisation ambitions set out
in the Grand Bargain.
Requirements for the Danish
The DERF accepts applications from CSOs
with roots in Denmark. This means that
the following minimum requirements (laid
down by the MFA) must be met:
• The organisation needs to be private and
must have a legal and organisational
domicile, as well as activities in Denmark.
• The chairperson or most members of its
governing body must be Danish citizens
or foreigners with residence permit and
home address in Denmark.
• The organisation must have existed for at
least one year.
• The organisation must have a minimum
of 50 paying members or contributors in
• The organisation must have a set of statutes and accounts subjected to an audit.
The governing body of the Danish CSO must
be able to take on full responsibility for the
application and for any subsequent grant.
Requirements for the
Implementing partners must follow the
DERF definition of being a local or national
organisation, which is in line with the global
definition of a local actor within the Grand
Local or national partners must form part
of civil society in the crisis area concerned.
These may be local non-governmental
organisations (NGOs), community-based
organisations (CBOs), citizens’ groups, trade
unions, networks, or social movements.
Requirements for the
The humanitarian intervention must be
carried out in collaboration between one
or several CSOs from Denmark and one or
several implementing partners from the
crisis affected area, except in cases where
self-implementation by Danish CSOs has
New partnerships cannot qualify for DERF
funding. With the justification of starting
interventions rapidly and knowing each
other’s capacities beforehand, the Danish
CSO must already have experiences of collaborating with the proposed implementing partner. This may either be experience
with development and/or humanitarian
interventions. However, additional implementing partners without DERF budget
responsibilities may be part of an intervention partnership.
Funds are disbursed to the Danish CSO (the
grantee), but an implementing partner must
oversee/operate day-to-day management.
It is important that the partnership between
Danish CSOs and implementing partner(s)
can support the achievement of the objective of the DERF. It is therefore expected that
the Danish CSO, who holds the contract with
the DERF, ensures that this is reflected in
the partnership. The Danish CSO has overall responsibility of ensuring that the grant
is managed and reported on according to
The Danish CSO must ensure that partners
and others that receive part of the granted
funds are not included on the UN’s or EU’s
The DERF can support lifesaving interventions through two modalities:
Anticipatory Action in relation to natural hazards and climate change (AA). This
modality supports interventions addressing
anticipated crises, mitigating against the
effects such crises are predicted to have on
particularly vulnerable populations. The
anticipated crisis must be related to natural
hazards and climate change, documented
by recognised forecasting sources.
Rapid Response to an acute humanitarian crisis (RR). This modality addresses the
humanitarian needs amongst particularly
vulnerable populations during or immediately following a humanitarian crisis. This could be disasters or crises related to
climate change, as well as other natural or
The largest part of the DERF is reserved for
the Rapid Response modality, which can be
activated through an alert / call system. Any
user of the DERF may submit an alert about
a particular humanitarian crisis. If an alert
is assessed eligible, the DERF opens a call
4 million DKK annually are set aside for
the modality of Anticipatory Action. The
modality is for small, rapid, flexible, and innovative interventions. It can be applied
on an ongoing basis without a call system.
There is a particular focus on strengthening localisation through this modality. The
Anticipatory Action modality can only be
applied before a natural hazard or climate
related crisis affects an area. When the crisis
has occured the Rapid Response modality
is the one that applies.
Both modalities focus on the needs of particularly vulnerable people, including their
protection needs. The Core Humanitarian
Standard and its nine commitments are
applicable under both modalities
The Rapid Response modality (RR), is activated through an alert / call system. Any user of the DERF may submit an alert about a particular humanitarian crisis. If an alert is assessed eligible, the DERF opens a call for proposals.
The Anticipatory Action modality is for small, rapid, flexible, and innovative interventions. It can be applied on an ongoing basis without a call system.
The assessment period from submission of
an application until approval and signature
of contract is approximately 12 workdays,
not including the days where the DERF waits
for an applicant to respond to conditions
given upon approval.