Become a DG ECHO Partner

Partnership between NGO and DG ECHO

The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) does not usually intervene directly on the ground. The implementation of humanitarian aid actions is done by humanitarian organisations, such as humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), with which DG ECHO enters into a partnership.

Since its creation, DG ECHO has worked with NGOs on the basis of Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs). The Framework Partnership Agreements set the principles of partnership between DG ECHO and humanitarian organisations. They define the respective roles, rights and obligations of partners, and contain the legal provisions applicable to the humanitarian operations financed by DG ECHO.

NGOs submit an application to become an FPA partner. In order to apply for the 2021 FPA Partnership, the candidate NGO must provide DG ECHO with an assurance, given by an independent external auditor, that the NGO fulfils the minimum requirements and the additional suitability requirements set by DG ECHO based on the Humanitarian Aid Regulation, the Financial Regulation and international best practices.

To this end, DG ECHO issues the present Terms of Reference (ToR) to be used by the candidate NGO to engage the external auditors to perform an assessment of its organisation and report on it.