UNICEF and the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
For every child in emergencies
A partnership of over 20 years for every child in emergencies
UNICEF and the EU Humanitarian Aid have worked together as partners since the start of the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations in 1992, to reach out to affected children and women in emergencies. EU Humanitarian Aid is one of UNICEF's most important donors, and UNICEF is the EU’s Humanitarian Aid single largest partner for interventions relating to nutrition and education.
The partnership between EU Humanitarian Aid and UNICEF is strong, multi-faceted and goes beyond funding. Both institutions join forces to advocate for child’s rights in humanitarian crises and protracted situations. Together, we have enabled assistance in over 60 countries in the areas of child protection (gender-based violence, disabilities etc.), cash transfers, disaster risk reduction, education in emergencies, health, psycho-social support, nutrition, resilience, and WASH.
At policy-level, the partnership ensures that children’s needs are at the center of humanitarian crisis response.
At the operational level, UNICEF is implementing the largest EU Humanitarian Aid programme on education through the Conditional Cash Transfer to Education in Turkey.
Additional examples for the operational partnership include a new project funded by EU Humanitarian Aid, where UNICEF will support local authorities to increase coverage and improve nutrition service quality for children in Madagascar. The project will ensure that at least 75% of 3,500 severely acutely malnourished children under five years will be cured by the end of their treatment in a nutrition facility.
EU Humanitarian Aid has also financially supported the implementation of two communication campaigns: #EmergencyLessons and “Voices for children in Emergencies”, which have reached together over 480 million people.