Refugees from Darfur in a transit camp, near the city of Tine on the Chad border (June, 2004).

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Exploring EU Humanitarian donors funding and conditions for working with NGOs, Building evidence for Simplification December 2015

The study commissioned by VOICE in July 2015 seeks to examine and compare the funding and grant modalities of four donors illustrating the institutional diversity within the EU: Denmark; DANIDA, The EU; ECHO, France; Centre de Crise and Germany; Auswartiges Amt. In total, this study consulted 43 respondents from several NGOs or networks active in humanitarian aid across 8 countries in Europe.

The report contains:

- An overview of selected donors humanitarian funding and funding architecture
- The analysis of the four donors conditionalities through a matrix that maps the requirements of each donor
NGO perspectives on donor funding requirements
VOICE findings and advocacy recommendations

 The study can be found here.



The European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid: An NGO Perspective May 2014 

This study commissioned by VOICE presents an analysis of how EU Member States and NGOs have engaged with the Consensus and how it has informed Member States' decision-making and policies. By presenting findings from the view of NGOs, the study seeks to contribute to an understanding of what NGOs consider the crucial elements of the Consensus, and of EU humanitarian aid more broadly.

The study can be found here.

The annexes and bibliography can be found here.


Briefing papers

World Humanitarian Summit
January 2015

VOICE expects the EU institutions and the Member States to play a crucial role throughout the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) process, using the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid to guide their input, and seeking to ensure that the agenda and outcomes are driven by the humanitarian principles and the needs of the beneficiaries. VOICE also expects the EU Member States and institutions to continue to emphasize the essential role of NGOs and to make sure that NGOs’ views are taken into consideration throughout the WHS process and for them to be appropriately included in the outcomes of the Summit. 

VOICE recommendations to member states for their involvement in the World Humanitarian Summit. 

Please click here for WHS event report. 

Please click here for members' WHS papers.


The strengthening of EU crisis capabilities. What impact on humanitarian aid? December 2006
The European Union today is a major international donor in humanitarian aid. The way it is delivering aid is effective. At the same time, the Union is strengthening civil protection, civilian and military crisis capabilities to respond to natural disasters or conflicts outside its borders.
From a humanitarian NGO perspective, VOICE looks at how these developments can affect emergency relief, as currently provided by the EU. The BRIEFING also makes recommendations to ensure impartiality and independence in humanitarian aid.

Partners in Humanitarian Aid: The FPA consultation as a model of EC partnership with NGOs
December 2004
BRIEFING taking stock of the NGO-ECHO relationship, looking at "Partnership" in the context of the consultation process and the monitoring of the Framework Partnership Agreement from the early 1990s through 2004. Gives a history and describes the impact of the FPA Watch Group on partnership as well as on the contract, and offers recommendations for the future of the Watch Group and for relations between ECHO and its NGO partners.

EU Crisis Management – A Humanitarian Perspective January 2004
BRIEFING that follows up on the 2002 Briefing by VOICE together with World Vision (see below). This new paper gives an overview of the different EU instruments for crisis management and crisis response, and discusses how these
, as well as other current trends, may impact on the delivery of humanitarian aid as it is currently carried out by the EU.


THE PRIMARY EMERGENCY PROCEDURE. A case study of its first implementation in Peru May 2002
Briefing Paper published by VOICE in May 2002 that gives a description of the new (June 2001) European Commission procedure, relates it to the other ECHO instruments for funding decisions, and details an example of its implementation.

EU Framework for Crisis Management. What Role for Humanitarian NGOs? May 2002
BRIEFING paper finalised by VOICE and World Vision in May 2002 that discusses the EU's Rapid Reaction Mechanism and Rapid Reaction Force, the CFSP, as well as the relevant decision-making structures. Prepared by Federico Argentino and Jane Backhurst.


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