The humanitarian programmes funded by the European Commission and managed by the DG ECHO are implemented through partner organisations: United Nations relief agencies, members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
DG ECHO is committed to pursue the strengthening of its relationship with the partner humanitarian organisations in such a way that these are given the appropriate legal, administrative and strategic framework in order to deliver aid in a relevant, effective and rapid manner.
DG ECHO must ensure that the quality of its partners and of their actions reach high-level targets, in particular in terms of efficiency and accountability. In that sense, DG ECHO may support crosscutting activities that aim to improve the quality and effectiveness of the sector as a whole, including the capacity building of partners (and their own partners).
Having a diverse range of partners with very different specialisations is important for the Commission, enabling it to meet the growing needs of people facing increasingly complex crises in different parts of the world. The Commission has developed close working relationships with its partners, both at the level of policy issues and of specific humanitarian operations.
DG ECHO is committed to involving its partners in the programming and planning of humanitarian aid, and, when appropriate, to consulting with its partners regarding the implementation of instruments and procedures, as well as upon other issues of mutual interest.