WORKING WITH DG ECHO AS A UN AGENCY
Disaggregated data on beneficiaries is essential for two reasons:
Firstly, it is needed for reporting purposes. Secondly, it has been introduced to help the partners deconstruct “the affected population” and better identify their specific needs, capacities and vulnerabilities, which is considered to be a precondition for providing assistance targeted to the specific needs of different groups.
However, where, at proposal stage, a detailed disaggregation of data is difficult to provide, the partner should provide at least an estimate. The partner will update this data during the following stages of the Action.
Partners are free to select the options which correspond best to the nature of their Action, provided that the same beneficiaries are not counted twice. Therefore they can choose either individuals only, organisations only or, if applicable, both options.
In particular, they can select “organisations” when they are not able to count individuals, for example in DIPECHO or Enhanced Response Capacity actions.
The term "organisation" does not necessarily refer to the existence of a legal entity, but it also includes the notion of community and structured group and is applicable also where the individuals are difficult to count.
If one of the two fields is not applicable to the partner’s Action, it should be filled with “0”.
Article 11 of the General Conditions refers to beneficiaries as “persons or category of persons". While in most cases the beneficiaries of financial support will be individuals or households, if the decision to provide financial support to a community is well supported by a needs assessment and in line with the results, ECHO may accept it. In any case, in the Single Form, the partner must provide all the information foreseen in Article 11 of the General Conditions.