Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Service tools

Capacity building

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Why is this important?

Global humanitarian needs are on the increase due to a growing number in the last years of natural and man-made disasters, namely protracted crises. At the same time, financial resources for humanitarian response are limited, and unlikely to rise anywhere as fast as the needs. Improving the capacity of humanitarian actors to deliver efficient and effective aid to people in need is essential to make the best use of the resources available.

How are we helping?

The European Commission contributes to building the capacity and to shaping the governance of the international humanitarian system mainly through the Enhanced Response Capacity (ERC) funds.

With this funding, the Commission supports coordination structures for the delivery of humanitarian assistance like the global humanitarian clusters and stand-by expertise for emergencies, as well as studies and guidelines on specific aspects of humanitarian assistance, and platforms and networks for learning and knowledge sharing.

These activities help create an enabling environment for humanitarian aid so that every euro spent has a greater impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people.

The efforts to enhance capacities need to be consolidated and secured, including by engaging a broad range of actors. Building on effective governance and coordination, innovative approaches, both in terms of working methods as well as the use of technology to serve humanitarian action, are required to narrow the growing gap between humanitarian needs and response.

The World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 and the process leading up to it are opportunities to create a dynamic process conducive to address these challenges.

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