The European Union has announced allocations worth euro622.3 million (USD861 million), which have been approved under its new humanitarian decision-making approach.
The amount, which represents 73 percent of the bloc’s annual humanitarian aid budget for 2011, includes euro564 million for relief operations in crisis zones, euro34.3 million for risk reduction and disaster preparedness, and euro24 million for capacity building of humanitarian organizations.
The evaluation by the EU of humanitarian needs on the ground will now be presented in its new humanitarian implementation plans, each of which offers an “overview of needs and response as well as a detailed picture of where funds have been allocated, the number of beneficiaries and the help which will be provided through our partners in the field,” according to a Feb. 2 release by the EU.
The EU’s new humanitarian aid system reduces the number of global humanitarian aid plans from 55 to three per year.
“Humanitarian needs are on the rise world-wide. As one of the major donors of humanitarian assistance, the European Union needs continuously to improve the quality of delivery,” EU humanitarian aid chief Kristalina Georgieva said in a Feb. 1 statement.
She added: “With this new approach in our funding decisions, we are committing €622 million up front, i.e. 73% of our initial budget. As from today, our aid will be implemented faster, it will offer more predictability to our partners and significantly streamline the decision-making process by reducing 55 decisions to three.”