The European Union is the world’s largest provider of financing for humanitarian aid operations. Altogether, the European Commission in Brussels and the governments of the 27 Member States pay for more than 50% of the assistance that comes from official channels. The European Commission itself is responsible for managing almost half of this aid. In 2009, the Commission provided more than €931 million for humanitarian projects in more than 60 countries, funding relief to millions of victims of disasters or conflict s outside the European Union.
Since 2003 Jordan is hosting a large population of Iraqi refugees. Through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) the European Commission has been contributing to meeting basic needs of the most vulnerable of the refugees. Funds have been provided in the last years for basic medical care, food distribution, basic household items, and psychosocial support and protection issues.
Aid is channelled impartially to the affected populations, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation, through operational partners. Worldwide the partners include around 200 European NGOs, United Nations agencies and the Red Cross ‘family’. In Jordan ECHO operates with Terre des Hommes, Care and the UNHCR
Please visit our web site for more information on aid to Palestinian refugees.