About: European humanitarian aid

Development Policy 20-08-2018

Children in humanitarian crises: How the EU can help them

The European Union (EU) has the opportunity to positively shape the lives of children trapped in conflicts, natural disasters and other humanitarian situations around the world. On World Humanitarian Day (19 August), Delphine Moralis explains why this is so important and what the bloc can do.
Development Policy 24-10-2017

EU offers €106 million in urgent aid for Sudan

The European Commission on Monday (23 October) announced a €106 million aid package for Sudan, saying around 4.8 million people needed urgent humanitarian assistance in the African country.
Development Policy 12-12-2016

EU flies in 40 tonnes of aid for besieged Mosul

The EU’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) department today (12 December) flew in 40 tonnes of aid to Mosul, the Iraq city under attack by the Islamic State group.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

World humanitarian summit starts amid hope, hype and fear of empty words

Hundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little.  
Europe's East 04-02-2015

The EU is right to act on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

Today, the Foreign Affairs Council will hold an extraordinary meeting on Ukraine. The EU humanitarian aid package will be on the table for discussion; and hopefully the Council will propose to increase it, writes Andrij Waskowycz.
Jan Egeland, General Secretary at Norwegian Refugee Council
Development Policy 26-09-2014

EU leadership in an age of crises

The world needs an outward-looking European Union that uses its unique suite of hard and soft power to make vital change around the world, argue Jan Egeland and David Miliband who call upon the Commissioner-designate for humanitarian affairs, Christos Stylianides, to give urgent attention to three key challenges.
Development Policy 18-03-2014

‘Forgotten’ Syria in urgent need of humanitarian aid

In the shadow of the Crimean crisis, the civil war in Syria risks being forgotten. As the number of those in desperate need continues to grow, financial aid from abroad is diminishing and the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has sounded the alarm, EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Development Policy 26-04-2013

Measles outbreak calls for quick action to vaccinate children in war-torn Mali

Measles and polio are deadly diseases that have been long forgotten in Europe. In Mali, however, reality is quite different. The recent armed conflict  in the north of the country has not only forced thousands of people to flee their homes, but has also caused outbreaks of infections such as measles or cholera among children. In an attempt to alleviate the effects of the war on the most vulnerable, health workers from a coalition of NGOs have recently carried out a 10-day campaign to vaccinate thousands of children.
Development Policy 23-04-2013

In Mali, a perilous push to vaccinate children

Braving minefields and sporadic fighting, health workers have carried out a campaign in recent days to vaccinate thousands of children in northern Mali against measles, polio and other deadly diseases.