The European Commission's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) today launched its Arabic website. It is aimed at both humanitarian partner organisations and Arabic speaking people with an interest in humanitarian aid.
The website offers insights into EU's humanitarian principles, ECHO's funding mechanism, its policies in specific sectors such as food assistance, as well as first hand stories from crisis areas.
The Commission's European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) was created in 1992 as an expression of the European solidarity with people in need all around the world. In its 20 year existence it has provided €14 billion of humanitarian assistance to victims of conflict and disasters in 140 countries around the globe. Over the last five years ECHO's annual budget has averaged €1 billion. In 2011 alone these funds reached nearly 150 million of the world's most vulnerable people in over 80 countries.
In 2004 ECHO became the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid before integrating Civil Protection in 2010 for a better coordination and disaster response inside and outside Europe. In 2010, Kristalina Georgieva was appointed as the first dedicated Commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response.
Source: EU Neighbourhood Info
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