The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation. For more information on the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department please visit http://ec.europa.eu/echo
The United Nations system, particularly through UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women FAO, UNAIDS, WFP and UNFAP, provides funding to ActionAid to support projects and programmes related to women’s rights and gender equality, ending violence against women and girls, access to justice, deepening democracy, food security, addressing exclusion and marginalisation, education and relief & recovery operations. For more information on each agency please visit http://www.unsystem.org/
Development is at the heart of the EU’s external action, along with its foreign, security and trade policies. The primary and overarching objective of EU development policy is the eradication of poverty in the context of sustainable development, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information on EU please visit http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/what/development-policies/index_en.htm
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK government’s effort to fight global poverty. DFID’s overall aim is to reduce poverty in poorer countries, in particular through achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The DFID Business Plan for 2012-15 sets out a number of priorities for the Department aimed at supporting achievement of these goals. These are: Honour international commitments and support actions to achieve the MDGs; Drive transparency, value for money and open government; Boost wealth creation; Strengthen governance and security in fragile and conflict-affected countries and make UK humanitarian response more effective; Lead international action to improve the lives of girls and women; and Combat climate change. DFID’s three other major areas of responsibility and priority are to: Respond to humanitarian disasters; Deliver on obligations to the Overseas Territories; and Influence the global development system.