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to people that need it most, but we need to get

more donors on board too, and together look

critically at how the current humanitarian

system functions.

For the first time in history, the humanitarian

community is organising a World Humanitarian

Summit, in Istanbul in May 2016.When it comes

to finance, first, we need to critically evaluate

funding so it is best spent. Second, we need to

develop partnerships with the development

community, to move from a care-and-

maintenance system of assistance in long lasting

crises, to providing opportunities for self-reliance

as well as strong partnerships with new donors

such as the private sector and non-traditional

donors to increase the amount of funding

available. Thirdly, we should strive to partner up

more at local level, where people are the first

responders in humanitarian crises. Finally, we

need to ensure increased transparency as well

as accountability to beneficiaries; to guarantee a

needs-based, people-centred approach.

O

ver the course of 2015, and into 2016, the dramatic scale

of humanitarian needs has demanded a robust response

from the international community. The European Union is

the largest donor of aid in the world and ensuring EU funds go

towards helping people in distress, European Commissioner for

Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and EU Ebola

Co-ordinator, Christos Stylianides plays a pivotal role when it

comes to the EU aid agenda. In this exclusive interview, Stylianides

answered PEN’s questions on the Commission’s humanitarian

efforts and the outlook for 2016. Indeed, amidst natural disasters

and man-made crises around the globe, humanitarian aid will

evidently be required in meeting the needs of the vulnerable.

The recent humanitarian emergencies on Europe’s

doorstep are unprecedented: how are you ensuring there

will be sustained funding to meet humanitarian needs?

The world is seeing conflicts and crises on a scale not witnessed since

the end of World War II. The human cost is dramatic and translates into

a staggering level of humanitarian needs. In 2015, some 125 million

people were in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide. In this regard,

the European Commission adopted its highest initial EU humanitarian

budget in December for lifesaving relief in man-made and natural

disasters to date for 2016. So we will play our part in getting more aid

As Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos

Stylianides is tasked with the EU response to global humanitarian needs. Here, in

an exclusive interview with PEN he provides an insight on EU activities

The Brussels aid agenda

SPECIAL FEATURE: AID & DEVELOPMENT