Based on international humanitarian principles and as set out in the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid, the EU provides needs-based humanitarian assistance with particular attention to the most vulnerable victims. Aid is channelled impartially to the affected populations, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.
The EU provides remedy to all major crises zones around the world including Syria, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, as well as countries facing post-conflict instability, such as Côte d’Ivoire. The EU also plays a crucial role in assisting and raising awareness of "forgotten crises" – often protracted crises which escaped the media and international community's attention. Recently, the EU has been instrumental to focus attention on the dramatic situation in the Central African Republic.
EU humanitarian aid covers areas such as: food and nutrition, shelter, healthcare, water and sanitation, and others. Aid, funded by the EU, is carried out in partnership with international organisations and humanitarian NGOs.