Emergency Humanitarian Action
Emergency humanitarian action aims to provide assistance to and protect the vulnerable and meet the basic needs of populations affected by natural disasters or conflict: access to water and water-treatment, food, shelter, and medical care.
It supplements the assistance provided by the authorities of the country affected by crisis and is part of the broader package of assistance from the international community, primarily international organizations.
The Crisis Centre (CDC) is the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry’s primary emergency humanitarian assistance tool. Responsible for foreign crisis management, it ensures, from Paris, monitoring and analysis of humanitarian issues in broad geographical areas (Africa, Asia, North Africa and Middle East, Europe, Americas), coordinating the state’s response for emergency humanitarian assistance, maintaining relations with other humanitarian actors, and conducting field missions. To support it in its action, it has humanitarian agents stationed in embassies.
The CDC is actively involved in studying French humanitarian policy including issues such as dialogue with multilateral institutions, funding and humanitarian action reform, disaster risk prevention, and civil-military coordination in humanitarian action.
With its Emergency Humanitarian Fund, the CDC provides emergency assistance in cash or in kind. In this context, it supports NGOs whose projects it funds and with whom it maintains regular dialogue.
The Foreign and European Affairs Ministry has other financial instruments dedicated to emergency assistance:
the Globalization General Directorate, which implements food aid funding, part of which is for the World Food Program, with the rest passing through NGOs, the International Committee of the Red Cross, or national schemes,
the United Nations and International Organizations Department, which is responsible for France’s voluntary contributions to United Nations agencies involved in humanitarian action and the Red Cross movement.
Publication Date: February 2011.