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Humanitarian partners

Cooperation with partners is a priority. Photo credit: Anne-Francoise MOFFROID

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) works with over 200 partners organisations to provide humanitarian assistance throughout the world. Humanitarian partners include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, United Nations agencies, and specialised agencies of EU Member States.

Having a diverse range of partners is important for ECHO because it allows for comprehensive coverage of the ever-expanding needs across 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.

More information about existing partners, types of partnerships, and procedures for becoming one are available on the ECHO Partners' website.

NGO Framework Partnership Agreement

The relationship between ECHO and its non-governmental  partners is governed by the NGO Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA). The FPA sets out the principles and the conditions for the partnership, as well as the objectives and conditions that must be met when undertaking EU-funded humanitarian operations. All the actions and objectives are defined so that they make the best use of the funds provided and are as effective as possible.

International Organisations Framework Partnership Agreement

ECHO has signed International Organisations Framework Partnership Agreements with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies (IFRC) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Similarly to the case of NGOs, the agreements outline the objectives and conditions of the collaboration.

United Nations Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement

ECHO contributes to specific actions, projects or programmes administered by the United Nations through its agencies. The Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement (FAFA) establishes the overall legal framework for all agreements between ECHO and the UN. More information is available on the ECHO-UN Partnership website

EU Member State specialised agencies

ECHO also works with a number of EU Member States' specialised agencies. There is no specific framework agreement in these partnerships. Agencies formally accept the General Conditions applicable to EU-funded humanitarian aid grant agreements.

Humanitarian Procurement Centres

Humanitarian procurement centres (HPCs) are not-for-profit organisations specialised in the technical and commercial management of supplies and services necessary for the implementation of humanitarian actions. To facilitate humanitarian procurement of its partners, ECHO maintains a register of recognised HPCs (which does not entail a contractual relationship with them).
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