The European Commission’s Humanitarian aid department (ECHO) is one of the top donors for offering very good value for money, says the Multilateral Aid Review of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. According to the report (http://www.dfid.gov.uk/About-DFID/Who-we-work-with/Multilateral-agencies/Multilateral-Aid-Review/MAR-document/) released on March 1, “the very good value for money organisations offer an exciting opportunity for the UK to use our aid funding to make a real difference to poor people’s lives”.
Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva welcomed the news. “ECHO’s high ranking indicates we are a top performer in reaching our primary goal - helping the most vulnerable and those affected by crises. This is particularly important in this time of growing humanitarian challenges caused by the rising intensity and frequency of disasters, climate change, conflicts, demographics and rising food prices. But good records come with increased responsibility - and we will continue to improve our performance to guarantee that every cent of European taxpayers’ money delivers the maximum value to those we help,” the Commissioner said.
The UK Multilateral Aid Review has assessed aid organisations on criteria like budget control, delivery of outcomes, their focus on poor countries, accountability and transparency. The review results will be used in the UK’s approach to making funding decisions.