EU trust funds, cooperation and the road ahead

By Helen Morgan 09 March 2016

Alexandre Polack, European Commission spokesperson for International Cooperation, Development, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

Faced with unprecedented development and humanitarian challenges, the European Union has established several trust funds to address the root causes of crisis — most notably the Syria Trust Fund and the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

How can member states, European institutions and other international actors coordinate their efforts to respond more efficiently to multiple crises? Can such funds be characterized as an emerging trend? And how will the European Commission ensure coherence with other EU initiatives in those regions?

Alexandre Polack, European Commission spokesperson for International Cooperation, Development, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, spoke with Devex associate editor Richard Jones in Brussels to discuss what these coordinated efforts look like in practice.

Watch the video to learn more about the EU’s response to the Syria crisis and how it is helping tackle the root causes of the refugee crisis and the forced displacement of people.

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Helen Morgan

Helen Morgan is an editorial associate at Devex. She has a background in human rights, radio and journalism, and has written for a variety of international publications while living and working in Buenos Aires, New York and Shanghai. She is now based in Barcelona and supports editorial content on campaigns and media partnerships at Devex. She is currently studying a master's degree in contemporary migration.


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