Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

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Capacity building

ECHO partners have helped create village teams responsible for early warning systems, search and rescue, first aid, and child and women protection during a disaster situation. Each team receives specialized training and a specific uniform to distinguish them from the others. Photo credit: EU/ECHO/Aftab Alam

Why is this important?

Global humanitarian needs increase substantially. At the same time, financial resources for humanitarian response are limited, and unlikely to rise anywhere as fast as the needs.  All options to increase the capacity of humanitarian actors to deliver efficient and effective aid to people in need have to be explored.

How are we helping?

ECHO contributes to capacity building and helping shape the governance of the international humanitarian system mainly through the Enhanced Response Capacity (ERC) funds. This includes supporting coordination structures like the clusters, stand-by expertise for emergencies, studies and guidelines on humanitarian assistance as well as platforms and networks for learning and knowledge sharing. Together they create an enabling environment for humanitarian aid so that every euro spent has a greater impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people.

These efforts to enhance capacity need to be consolidated and secured, including by engaging a broader 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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