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Have a look at the presentation to the ECHO partners of 2 new HIPS: the  European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC) and the Logistics Policy HIP.  Click here to access the presentation.


The Guidance to DG ECHO partners on the yearly reporting on allegations of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH) has been updated. You can find the updated version in the reference document sections.


We have addedd the FAQ 207 and 208 on Eligibility of HQ staff and stock-piling activities costs. Have a look




Partners who intend to submit a Programmatic Partnership in the context of the HIP 2023 (be under a multi-year funding approach or a staged approach) must upload, in APPEL, an Annex informing about the planned annual budget and expected annual milestones/outcomes (refer to the Guidance for more information). When uploading this Annex alongside the Single Form, Partners should select the type of Annex called “Multi-annual planning”.  The selection of this type of Annex will generate a tag informing DG ECHO about the nature of the proposal (Programmatic Partnership proposal).


A new version of the Single Form Guidelines has been published on the Reference document pages. Have a look!


The Example of Annex for Programmatic Partnership multi-annual milestones is available in the Reference Documents page for NGOs, IOs and MSSAs.


The "Questions & Answers" document with more detailed information on the Programmatic Partnerships in 2023 is available in the Reference Documents page for NGOs, IOs and MSSAs as a follow-up of the Q&A session on the Programmatic Partnerships rollout phase of last 19 October



In line with the Grand Bargain’s commitments, the DG ECHO has just published the factsheet on multi-year funding. It is now available in the Reference Documents page for NGOs, IOs and MSSAs.


On 19 October, DG ECHO hosted a virtual presentation and Q&A session on the Programmatic Partnerships (PP) rollout phase in 2023. Please find here the recording of the session as well as the PowerPoint presentation. In addition, the list of certified NGO partners of DG ECHO has been updated with partners holding a Programmatic Partnership Certificate. This document is available in the Reference document page. 



The DG ECHO Guidance on the roll out of Programmatic Partnerships in 2023 is now available in the Reference Documents page for NGOs, IOs and MSSAs


A virtual presentation and Q&A session is planned on 19 October at 14:00 pm. A Webex link will be sent to eligible partners. The recording of this session will be accessible from this website once concluded


The DG ECHO just published the "Guidance on the operationalisation of the minimum environmental requirements and recommendations for EU-funded humanitarian aid operations".

You can find it in the Reference document page, under the section "Policy Guidelines" and also on this page of the DG ECHO website.


Roll out of the Programmatic Partnership approach in 2023

DG ECHO will proceed with the roll out of the Programmatic Partnerships in 2023 by mainstreaming the model in geographic Humanitarian Implementation Plans (HIPs).

The opportunities and interests for such interventions will be detailed in the HIP and HIPTA 2023 which will be published in the autumn 2022.

There are currently 35 INGO partners who have been certified as eligible for future Programmatic Partnerships. UN agencies and bodies, ICRC and IFRC are eligible too.

A general guidance for partners is being developed and an information session will be organised at HQs level in September. More details will be posted on this site ahead of the information session.



Programmatic Partnerships are one way piloted by DG ECHO to provide quality funding. More strategic in nature than short-term projects, they can respond for instance to protracted crises with a longer-term outcome focus, promote and scale up innovative policy approaches with different geographic scope, encourage enhanced exchanges between DG ECHO and the partners and seek to support the further development/promotion of strategic orientations of mutual interest.

In 2020, following a call for proposals reserved to international NGOs, the Commission launched four pilot Programmatic Partnerships (with ACTED, Concern, IRC and STC-DK), offering a multi-year, multi-country perspective based on a longer-term logic of intervention. In exchange, the Commission expected the Programmatic Partnerships to promote certain aspects of the Grand Bargain, such as localisation, increased efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of the assistance (including, for instance, joined-up approach with development actors), the use of cash, enhanced emergency response capacity, and innovative approaches to address humanitarian needs. Enhanced dialogue and transparency, in the field and at headquarters, as well as higher visibility for the EU were also expected. 

In 2021, a competitive process reserved to UN agencies, ICRC and IFRC, led to the signature of three additional pilot Programmatic Partnerships with UNICEF, FAO and IFRC. Finally, in 2022, DG ECHO entered in a discussion with two additional partners based on their respective mandates. This was the third and last phase of the pilot exercise.

Lessons learned so far have been embedded in the roll out phase and the on-going pilot Programmatic Partnerships will continue to inform the process.


The FAQ 206 on COVID 19 related measures has been just bublished. Have a look by clicking here


A new page on Diversion of Aid has been created. Have a look by clicking here.


The DG ECHO has published the new Cash Transfers policy document. You can find it at this page. Have a look!


The commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of humanitarian aid now guides DG ECHO’s own actions and cooperation with partners.

Environmental impacts should be addressed at both the organisational and project-level. DG ECHO will apply a ‘mainstreaming’ approach, meaning that environmental impacts should be mitigated across projects, programmes and eventually, the organisations themselves to the extent possible.


In this regard, a document on the Minimum Environmental Requirements and Recommendations has just been published. Have a look here


FAQs on the SEAH - Yearly Reporting on allegations 2021 have been published under the FAQs page, under the related tag. Have a look by clicking here.


European Humanitarian Forum takes place next week - 21-23 March 2022


From Monday to Wednesday next week, the European Humanitarian Forum will gather policy makers, humanitarian partners and other actors, who will address the unprecedented level of needs and constraints faced by humanitarian operators and beneficiaries.

A rich programme for the three days includes sessions on International Humanitarian Law; climate change, disasters and displacement; the resource base for aid; education in emergencies, humanitarian logistics; Gender-Based Violence; and much more. A long list of relevant and pressing challenges of our time will be discussed between the sessions in 'Humanitarian talks'.


Just before the Forum, Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič highlighted the EU's global responsibility as a humanitarian actor: "We stand firm by our principles to help with all available means when humanitarian action is needed. By organising this Forum, our aim is to bring together humanitarian actors to identify solutions and actions that can contribute to delivering better in support of the most vulnerable in line with the renewed European humanitarian strategy."


Watch the Forum live:


On March 23, the European Commission will organise a session between Commissioner Janez Lenarčič and DG ECHO partners, in the context of the European Humanitarian Forum.


Complementing the webinar between DG ECHO and partner organisations ‘Partnership 2021’, held in November 2021, this session will provide a platform for an interactive discussion on main policy developments and strategic issues.


Using as a starting point the "Communication on EU Humanitarian Action: New Challenges, Same Principles", of 10 March 2021, and the deliverables from the individual policy sessions taking place during the Forum, the session will be a unique opportunity to reflect on the EU’s humanitarian aid policy priorities for the coming years, as well as on the ongoing DG ECHO partnerships with NGOs, international organisations, including the UN, and Member States' specialised agencies.


The participation in the session, taking place from 12.00 to 13.30 at the Breydel Auditorium, will be limited to DG ECHO partners. More information on how to register will be shared in the email invitation ahead of the event.



The Resilience Markers Guidelines were published on the Reference document page. Have a look!


The Communication and Visibility Manual, and the Communication Plans for Above-Standard Visibility, Large scale Programs and Programmatic Partnership are now available in the French and Spanish versions on the Visibility’s Reference document page.


Fraud Allegation Reporting Forms for DG ECHO Partners and individuals have been published on the Reference Documents pages under the Template section.


The European Commission and the French Presidency of the Council of the EU inform you that, due to the current COVID-19 situation, the European Humanitarian Forum, planned from 24 to 26 January 2022, is postponed to a later date.

More information and a new date for the Forum in 2022 will be provided soon.