In Talks with Humanitarian Partners, EU Spotlights New Aid Delivery Strategies

Kristalina Georgieva, European commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, holds discussions with Elisabeth Rasmusson, general secretary of the Norwegian Refugee Council, on Oct. 21, 2010, in Brussels. The European Union holds a yearly meeting with its humanitarian partners to discuss aid policy priorities. Photo by: European Union

New strategies for improving the targeting and delivery of the European Union’s humanitarian aid were high on the agenda of the meeting yesterday (Oct. 21) between the bloc and its humanitarian partners.

Every year, the European Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department, or ECHO, invites its partners to discuss humanitarian policy priorities.

“The European Commission continues to be key actor in the global humanitarian system thanks to its flourishing relationship with our humanitarian partners,” said Kristalina Georgieva, European commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, ahead of the meeting. “ECHO actively pursues collaboration with its implementing counterparts, which makes it more than a donor.” 

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.