European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (DG-ECHO, referred as ECHO) has funded programmes for approximately 155 million Euros countrywide. Aid has been channelled through Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), International Organisations and United Nations (UN) agencies.
Actions have been aimed at reinforcing the coping capacities of vulnerable households to overcome the impact of the deteriorating socioeconomic situation in the country. All interventions funded by ECHO include a component of HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness activities.
The mandate of ECHO is to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of conflicts or natural and man-made disasters, to save, preserve life and reduce or prevent suffering. This assistance is intended to go directly to those in distress irrespective of race, religion or political convictions.
The general objective regarding humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe has been to mitigate the effects of socio-economic breakdown on vulnerable groups. The main areas of support have been the following: Food assistance: the main objective of ECHO food assistance programme has been to provide short-term food aid, food security and livelihood support and to contribute to the early recovery of food security for the most vulnerable population groups, in response to chronic food insecurity.