At the World Humanitarian Summit, major humanitarian donors and humanitarian organizations around the world signed the Grand Bargain. Its main objective is to improve the way humanitarian aid is delivered by making it more effective and effective, and thus by reaching more people in need. In line with these objectives, the Commission is working to develop new and more strategic avenues of cooperation with key humanitarian partners. In this context, the Commission will select up to three APV partners from NGOs interested in an innovative pilot partnership as part of the 2020 humanitarian implementation plans. For more information, see the call for expressions of interest and the appendix. The deadline for the presentation of the expression of interest is September 6, 2019. Partner organisations implementing EU-funded humanitarian projects are required by the treaty to recognise the partnership with the EU and the support they receive in all related activities. This includes presenting the EU`s visual identity on project websites. In both cases, partners are selected according to specific criteria, legal and financial requirements as well as quality standards. This helps to ensure that partnerships are valuable to both the European Commission and the candidate organisation. The Commission`s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) actions contribute to specific actions, projects or programmes managed by the United Nations through their organisations. The Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement (FAFA) establishes the general legal framework for all agreements between the EU and the United Nations.
More information is available on the ECHO-UN partnership website. The ex ante evaluation outlines three possible options for a partnership between ECHO and NGOs: voiceeu.org/publications/update-on-the-development-of-the-next-echo-partnership-certificate.pdf Once the partnership agreement is signed, partners can submit project proposals in response to humanitarian implementation plans published and approved annually by DG ECHO. Relations between the Commission`s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Programme (ECHO) and its non-governmental partners are governed by the NGO Framework Partnership Agreement. The VPA sets out the principles and conditions of the partnership, as well as the objectives and conditions to be met for the implementation of EU-funded humanitarian actions. All actions and objectives are defined in order to make the most of available resources and to be as effective as possible. You can find them here: dgecho-partners-helpdesk.eu/become_a_partner/start Chapter 1-6 are the “general” part of the agreement The fact sheet is the “specific” part of the agreement It is recognized that the new VPA provides for a higher level of consultation than its predecessor and that a dialogue cannot be imposed on ECHO. In the absence of greater transparency in the echos` partnership intentions on how humanitarian organizations should be consulted, there is concern, however, that more needs to be done to meet the expectations of both parties. The current version of the VPA is the culmination of a long and intense consultation process between ECHO and humanitarian organizations. This is a patient and measured search for an agreement that has made considerable progress in providing flexibility in the implementation of humanitarian aid projects at the VPA.
This flexibility has been ensured by rigorous management and a high degree of accountability.