European Commission Adopts Review of EU Humanitarian Aid Consensus

European Union member countries need to reiterate their commitment to cooperate under the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and work out a more explicit division of labor in implementing the consensus if the EU is to keep delivering effective and coherent humanitarian aid.

These were among the recommendations of the midterm review of the five-year action plan that the EU adopted in 2008 to implement the consensus. The review took stock of the progress in executing the action plan, including individual efforts by EU member countries and the European Commission.

“Over the past three years, there has been good overall progress on the implementation of the Action Plan. Through its funding and advocacy, the EU has contributed to the adequate and rapid response to sudden crises. Coordination within the EU has also improved, which has diminished the gaps and overlaps in response to crises,” the review found, according to an EU news release.

But there remains room for improvement. The review provides the following recommendations:

- Regular monitoring of the implementation of commitments outlined in the consensus.

- Setting up of strategic communication and exchange of best practices between EU donor countries and their partners to ensure coherence between donations and operations on the ground.

- Improvements in joint EU action on various areas, including the protection of humanitarian space, promotion of international humanitarian law, and cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.