WORKING WITH DG ECHO AS AN NGO PARTNER | 2021 - 2027
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.