Why is this important?
Helping people affected by crises and disasters is a global concern and providing aid is a global effort. Coordination at the global level is essential to ensure efficient and effective provision of aid to those that need it most.
How are we helping?
The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) works in close cooperation with its partner humanitarian organisations. With some of the biggest partners, ECHO regularly engages in annual Strategic Dialogue meetings. These provide an opportunity to discuss issues of common interest and concern, exchange views on strategic priorities, review challenges and opportunities and explore ways to reinforce cooperation.
Strategic Dialogue meetings are held with UN partner organisations (UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, OCHA), International organisations (ICRC, IFRC) and with VOICE (Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies).