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Evaluation of the Belgian strategy for humanitarian aid

How does Belgium meet the needs of people affected by humanitarian crises?
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From December 2021 to September 2022, the Special Evaluation Office conducted an evaluation of the Belgian strategy for humanitarian aid. The final report and summary are available in English.

The evaluation examined how Belgium's humanitarian aid strategy, and in particular its geographic and thematic principles and priorities, was implemented between 2014 and 2021. The evaluation also looked closely at the projects and programmes funding instruments.

The objective of this evaluation is: 1) to assess the relevance, coherence and results of the Belgian Humanitarian Aid Strategy, and 2) to provide a set of recommendations for improving Belgium's strategic approach to humanitarian aid. This is to improve the impact and efficiency of future Belgian humanitarian interventions.

Three field study missions took place in Palestine, DR Congo and Lebanon.

Exchanges around key themes

The restitution of the results of the evaluations were presented on Thursday 20 October 2022, involving several actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation: DGD, Enabel, embassies and the non-governmental cooperation. Representatives of international humanitarian organisations such as ICRC, OCHA and UNHCR also participated.

Constructive exchanges were held between the participants, the external consultant and the SEO on key themes: engagement in protracted crises, rapid response in acute crises and priority setting in a revised humanitarian strategy and efficiency of Belgian actions. Seven recommendations were proposed to optimise and improve Belgian action in humanitarian aid.