One strength and comparative advantage of ECHO is its worldwide network of field offices allowing an up-to-date analysis of existing and forecasted needs in a given country or region, contributing to the development of intervention strategies and policy development, providing technical support to ECHO funded operations, ensuring adequate monitoring of these interventions and facilitating donor's coordination at field level.
The allocation of budget to the field offices as well as the opening of new offices in a region or inside a country depends on the assessed needs and the humanitarian situation. Accordingly, the size and type of offices and the number of humanitarian experts mandated in the field varies from one location to another.
By the end of 2011, 140 international humanitarian experts and 330 national staff members were in place in 44 field offices located in over 38 countries.
For further information, please refer to the following document: Presentation of the ECHO Field Network .