The Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project

A global project to improve the speed, quality and effectiveness of emergency preparedness and response in the humanitarian community by building capacity at the field, global organizational, and humanitarian sector levels with a focus on staff capacity, accountability and impact measurement, and disaster risk reduction.

The Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project

In 2005, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft Corporation, the Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) launched the first phase of the Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project. ECB Phase I pooled the expertise of the participating agencies and their sector partners to produce more than 20 innovative tools, programs and practices to be used in the field in emergencies.

In 2009, ECB’s Phase II continued to work toward meeting the overarching project goal of improving the speed, quality, and effectiveness of the humanitarian community. Phase II was made possible through the continued support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Directorate General (ECHO), The UK Department for International Development (UKAID / DfID),OFDA (USAID), and several private donors. Phase II differed from Phase I in that it was designed to create impact in the field and across the humanitarian sector.

The ECB Project's intiatives were focused on three thematic areas:

  • Staff Capacity
  • Accountability and Impact Measurement
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)


  • EC - Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Belgium | Staff size: Unknown


    The European Union’s mandate to ECHO is to provide emergency assistance and relief to the victims of natural disasters or armed conflict outside the European...

  • Save the Children International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill...

  • Office of Crisis Surge Support Staff (CS3) / Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

    Implementing NGO, Government
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Office of Crisis Surge Support Staff (CS3)

    USAID’s Office of Crisis Surge Support Staff (CS3) is comprised of highly qualified individuals who help support...

  • Oxfam International

    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Oxfam is an international confederation of eighteen organizations networked together in 92 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of...

  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, they have expanded in size to reach more than 100...


    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to...

  • World Vision

    Implementing NGO
    Staff size: 10,000+

    World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of...

  • Department for International Development (DFID) - United Kingdom

    Funding Agencies
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is tackling the global challenges of time including poverty and disease, mass...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000
    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive...
  • Mercy Corps

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Powered by the belief that a better world is possible, Mercy Corps is a leading global organization working to empower people to survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their...

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Key Information

LocationWorldwide, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Indonesia, Nigeria
  • Start Date 2004
  • End Date 2013
  • ValueUSD 0