Humanitarian partners: introduction

ECHO does not intervene directly on the ground. The assistance it provides is mainly mobilised and implemented by its partners, along ECHO's general strategic guidelines.

Working hand in hand

ECHO works with about 200 non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies and international organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies

Having a diverse range of partners is important for ECHO because this allows for comprehensive coverage of an ever-growing list of needs in different parts of the world - and in increasingly complex situations. ECHO has developed increasingly close working relationships with its partners at the level of both policy issues and management of humanitarian operations.

Partners Conference

Like every year, ECHO organises a Conference with its partners. You will find below presentations of plenary sessions and workshops for the last three years.


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  • Agenda - English Pdf file
  • Video footage of the speech Play this video - A DVD copy of the video footage of the 21/10 morning session is available upon request.

Message from Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response

Roundtable on securing the humanitarian space: from principles to action - presentations by panel speakers

  • Lead remarks by Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary General - Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • Elisabeth Rasmusson, Secretary General of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) - English PDF file
  • Yves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • Benoit Miribel, President of Action contre la Faim (ACF), Director of Foundation Merieux - français PDF file

Presentations by DG ECHO

  • Increasing effectiveness and efficiency of our partnership - Herman Mosselmans (ECHO/B2) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • Enhanced response capacity - Henrike Trautmann (ECHO/C2) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • Reflection on how to strengthen at longer term efficient funding in humanitarian aid - Vijay Bhardwaj (ECHO/B1) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • Interaction between humanitarian aid and civil protection in emergencies - Hans Das (ECHO/C3) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • Undernutrition in humanitarian crises - Maureen Philippon (ECHO/A5) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • DG ECHO operational priorities for 2011 (Directorate A - operations) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • DG ECHO priorities regarding food assistance and nutrition in 2011 - Jan Artur Sienczewski (ECHO/A5) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • Mid-term review of the action plan of the consensus on humanitarian aid - Julia Stewart David (ECHO/C1) - English Powerpoint presentation

Presentations by partners

  • Speech of Wolf-Dieter Eberwein, President of VOICE - English PDF file
  • Access and assistance to beneficiaries in the Colombian context - Carol Byler (Mencoldes) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • International Disaster Response Law: objectives and challenges - Elise Baudot (IFRC) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • Beyond cluster coordination on the context of natural disasters - Simon Eccleshall (IFRC), Eelko Brower (NL Red Cross), Matthew Wingate (Save the Children UK), Maurice McQuillan (Trócaire) - English Powerpoint presentation
  • Challenges and benefits of working in consortia: the example of the Liberia WASH consortium - Chantal Richey (Oxfam GB) - English Powerpoint presentation - English MS Word Document

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