ACTED-ECHO Programmatic Partnership

Greater flexibility for efficient and long-term response to displacement

In 2020, ACTED embarked with ECHO – the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department – on a 3-year Programmatic Partnership (PP) for coordinated action for in camp and out-of-camp settings.

The partnership aims at supporting displaced populations in Syria, Iraq, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Uganda, nine countries that are experiencing some of the longest and most dramatic humanitarian crises in the world, and where conflict, locust invasions, droughts and floods worsened by climate change as well as epidemics have contributed to mass displacements and loss of livelihoods.

Displaced populations are among the most exposed to Covid-19 due to their living conditions, often in substandard and densely populated settlements, and lack of access to basic services. This intervention provides vital assistance such as water and food, hygiene items and a shelter to more than 1 million people who have lost everything, and enables them to reconnect to a better life and find durable solutions to emerge from the crisis.

This crucial programme came at a time the number of displaced people is the highest ever, with 82,4 million displaced worldwide, 86% of whom are hosted by developing countries.

530,000+

beneficiaries

9

countries of intervention in Africa and the Middle East

832

partner organisations

14 million €

dedicated to operations to provide vital assistance and support access to sustainable livelihood opportunities

82.4 million

people were forcibly displaced in the world at the end of 2020, the highest number on record, making up almost 1% of the global population

86%

of the displaced people worldwide are hosted by developing countries

The programme allows a flexible and long-term response to address the needs of displaced populations. The multi-annual versus the usual annual financing modality ensures greater funding predictability and a more efficient response, by allowing to implement a “phased approach”. During phase 1 (set-up phase), we carry out household registration, site planning/layout, site maintenance and improvements, and support governance structures, community groups, and complaints and feedback mechanisms; in phase 2 (reinforce phase), we strengthen local authorities’ and partners’ service provision capacity and scale down site maintenance support, while scaling up community ownership; phase 3 links affected communities with development actors, focusing on training, mentoring and shadowing local authorities or local partners to ensure handover of activities.

The innovative approach of the programme allows for greater flexibility in the humanitarian response to make sure basic needs are met, and supports community governance and local authorities to independently manage displacement sites and camps. The multi-annual funding modality enables greater funding predictability to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches beneficiaries in the most efficient wa