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Call: Certification mechanism for sending and hosting organisations

Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Humanitarian Aid"

The European Commission’s Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) does not intervene directly on the ground. The implementation of humanitarian aid actions is done by humanitarian organisations, such as humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), with which DG ECHO enters into a partnership. 

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Description of programme
"EU Aid Volunteers"
The EU Aid Volunteers initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organisations in third countries.
Certification mechanism for sending and hosting organisations
Description of call
"Certification mechanism for sending and hosting organisations"
In the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, organisations sending EU Aid Volunteers and organisations hosting EU Aid Volunteers shall be certified through a procedure. Certification will be a requirement for organisations to fulfil in order to participate in future calls for proposals related to deployment. A robust certification mechanism is necessary to ensure that sending and hosting organisations. Such a certification mechanism is based on the principles of simplification and non-duplication, differentiation between sending and hosting organisations, costeffectiveness, transparency and impartiality, encouraging diversity and accessibility. The overall objective to which this call will contribute is to support implementation of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative by establishing a certification mechanism for sending and for hosting organisations ensuring that these organisations comply with the standards and procedures referred to in Article 9 of Regulation 375/2014. The specific objective of the present call is to compile a list of certified sending and hosting organisations.
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Thematic Focus Children & Youth, Education & Training, Clustering, Development Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, Health, Social Affairs, Sports, Rural & Peripheral Development, Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, Demographic Change, Migration, Circular Economy, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Justice, Safety & Security, Urban development, Climate, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
EEA Countries
EFTA countries
EU Neighbourhood Policy Countries
Potential Candidate Countries
Austria / Österreich
Belgium / Belgique-België
Bulgaria / България
Croatia / Hrvatska
Cyprus / Κύπρος
Czech Republic / Česká Republika
Denmark / Danmark
Estonia / Eesti
Finland / Suomi
Germany / Deutschland
Greece / Ελλάδα (Ellada)
Hungary / Magyarország
Ireland / Ireland
Italy / Italia
Latvia / Latvija
Lithuania / Lietuva
Luxembourg / Luxembourg
Netherlands / Nederland
Poland / Polska
Portugal / Portugal
Romania / România
Slovakia / Slovensko
Slovenia / Slovenija
Spain / España
Sweden / Sverige
United Kingdom
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, International Organization, NGO / NPO, Public Services, Association
Applicant details The EU Aid Volunteers initiative is open to organisations based in Europe and other countries who
comply with the following criteria:

Sending organisations must:

  • adhere to the standards and procedures of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.
  • be active in the field of humanitarian aid.
  • be legally established and belong to any of the following categories:
  • non-governmental not-for-profit organisations established in a EU Member State;
  • civilian public law bodies from a Member State;
  • the International Federation of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Hosting organisations must:

  • adhere to the standards and procedures of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative;
  • be active in the field of humanitarian aid.
  • be legally established and belong to any of the following categories:
  • non-governmental not-for-profit organisations operating or established in a third country
  • under the laws in force in that country;
  • public law bodies of a civilian character governed by the law of a third country;
  • international agencies and organisations.
All organisations based outside the EU can participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative as hosting
organisations only.
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Further info The EACEA is responsible for the implementation of the Certification Mechanism:

EACEA – Unit A6 "EU Aid Volunteers initiative"
Avenue du Bourget 1, ( SPA2 00/093)
BE- 1049 Brussels, Belgium

Requests for further information should be sent to:
Submission Organisations wishing to apply are invited to submit applications to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency using only the following email:
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