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Co-creating the Forum

In the run-up to the European Humanitarian Forum in March 2023, DG ECHO will be consulting local partners through regional warm-up sessions organised by DG ECHO’s field network. The objective of these regional consultations is to set the scene with a strong local perspective ahead of the Forum and to critically inform the discussions of the Forum in March.

Each of DG ECHO’s five regional offices will gather local experiences and testimony feeding into one specific session of the Forum. Regional consultations are held between December and February. The results and takeaways of those consultations will be made available here ahead of the Forum.


The regional consultation in Amman will inform the EHF session “Soaring humanitarian needs and limited resources: engaging non-traditional donors and new sources of financing”. The warm-up dialogue for the MENA region and Eastern Neighborhood started in January 2023 with preparatory meetings and a multilateral session attended by over hundred partners to reflect on a new “humanitarian narrative”, in which humanitarian aid is framed as an investment. Stakeholders are contributing to share innovative initiatives around the partnerships with emerging donors and new sources of funding beyond the earmarked humanitarian budget.

Date: 18 January 2023. Key takeaways will be made available here soon.

Contact: Please contact Massimo La Rosa ( for more information.


Ahead of the EHF 2023, a ‘field warm-up’ session on ‘Localisation: enabling equal partnerships with local responders’ will be organised by DG ECHO East and Southern Africa regional office, covering the African continent (virtual event). The “field warm-up” session will aim at compiling field updates on the localization agenda and recent initiatives, perspectives, and recommendations that will be shared during the session on Localisation at the EHF itself, with the objective of bringing field reality and updates to the discussions.

Date: 17 February 2023.

Contact: Please contact Lisa De La Rubia ( or Christine Mwakai ( for more information on how to get involved.  


Drawing on the experiences of a diverse group of humanitarian stakeholders present at the Partnership Week, the Regional Office in Bangkok gathered local perspectives and inputs to feed into the EHF23 session “Mitigating climate-driven disasters: Scaling up resilience and anticipatory action”. The full report reflecting key takeaways and food for thought to stimulate the discussion at the European Humanitarian Forum in March will be published here soon.

Date: The regional warmup for the Asia region took place in the context of the ICVA/OCHA Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week from 9 – 14 December 2022.

Contact: Please contact Michelle Cicic ( for more information.


DG ECHO Regional Office in Dakar is organising consultations looking at humanitarian access impediments on the African continent. The ambition is not to map out access restrictions exhaustively but rather to select a limited number of critical situations illustrative of some of the challenges humanitarian agencies have been confronted with while trying to reach out to people in need. These situations will be discussed among a group of representative actors that will be tasked to spell out what concrete and realistic solution humanitarian diplomacy could be promoting to ease access. Main recommendations will be made available here ahead of the EHF.


  • 7 February 2023 09:00-12:00 (UTC) in French for Mali, Niger, Burkina, Chad, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 8 February 2023 11:00-14:00 (UTC) for Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Mozambique, Somalia, Nigeria, and Cameroon.

Contact: The focal point for the Dakar consultations will be Martin Chatelet (


In Latin America and the Caribbean, civil society and humanitarian organisations face several barriers and constraints to accessing the affected populations. In one of the most violent regions in the world, the presence and the control exerted by organised crime and armed groups create considerable constraints to ensure timely and effective access for the implementation of humanitarian preparedness and response interventions. In continuation of last year's field consultation and building on the regional recommendations shared with the EHF 2022, DG ECHO would like to develop further the understanding of the specific restrictions for access to affected communities and promote humanitarian diplomacy in LAC. The discussions of this 2023 regional session will notably focus on concrete recommendations on how to reinforce the proposed coordinated risk analysis, collaborative access strategies to protect the humanitarian space, and collective negotiation opportunities. Following this regional consultation, the full report will be published here ahead of the EHF.

Date: Session 1 on 27 January 2023 09:00 (Panama time). Duration 90 minutes. The session will be divided into two groups: one in Spanish and the other in English.

Contact: If you wish to know more about how to get involved, please contact Karla Aleman (

Register now to book your place at this year’s Forum.  

Map of the ECHO Field Network showing the five regional offices in Amman, Bangkok, Dakar, Nairobi and Panama @ European Union
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