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Inviting Non-DAC Perspectives to the Funding Gap Discussion – The Need for a Paradigm Shift

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The magnitude of the humanitarian funding gap raises major concerns regarding the viability of the aid system as we know it. It threatens millions of persons from having their most basic needs met, and their fundamental rights respected.

In May 2023, the European Council’s Conclusion encouraged the EU and its Member States to “intensify their outreach to countries with the economic potential to assume a greater responsibility”. This paper provides initial insights into the approach of non-DAC States to the evolution of humanitarian action in the past decade, as well as into the barriers to further engagement, and the reasons for which these should be overcome. It is largely inspired by a first brainstorming session at the Egmont Institute in Brussels in January 2024, which brought together a wide range of experts and officials from European and international cooperation institutions. It was a necessary step, but not enough to fully engage with non-DAC States.




This document has been prepared by Egmont Royal Institute for the European Commission (DG ECHO) and it reflects solely the views of the authors. The Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.




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