Why is this important?
In order to ensure an optimal humanitarian response to the increasing global needs, weaknesses and gaps in the international response system need to be identified and addressed and ways of working have to be reviewed and improved. In particular, the humanitarian system must provide a more consistent high-quality response in protracted crises, and notably in "forgotten crises".
How are we helping?
As one of the largest humanitarian donors, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) recognises its responsibility and its leverage to contribute to an improved humanitarian response system. It therefore promotes and provides financial support to initiatives which improve the international capacity to respond to humanitarian needs.
These initiatives include coordination structures like the clusters, stand-by expertise to be deployed in emergencies, studies and guidelines, learning and knowledge sharing, to name a few. Together they create an enabling environment for humanitarian aid so that every euro spent has a greater impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people.
ECHO's main funding source for global humanitarian capacity building is the Enhanced Response Capacity (ERC), formerly Global Capacity Building and Grant Facility.