COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT General Guidelines on Operational Priorities for Humanitarian Aid in 2019 and Decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2019/01000

1. The Staff Working Document sets out the humanitarian policy and operational priorities in 2019 for the European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) – the part of the Commission responsible for humanitarian policy and programmes. The Commission shares these general guidelines with Member States annually.

2. The document covers humanitarian aid operations. It does not cover ECHO’s activities in the field of civil protection, nor the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, which are described in separate work programmes. The document should be read alongside decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2019/01000 which is the accompanying implementing decision.

3. The document notes how humanitarian crises have increased in number and complexity again this year, and that, whilst humanitarian needs continue to increase, this is not accompanied by an increase in funding. It is therefore essential to identify and focus on priorities on the basis of which ECHO’s funding can be allocated.

4. The policy priorities identified are:
a. Increasing efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian aid in line with the EU’s commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in 2016. There is a particular focus on operationalising the ten Grand Bargain workstreams to improve performance in, for example transparency, needs assessment, localisation of response, beneficiary involvement and harmonised reporting

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