Power of Partnerships

With 44 field offices in 39 countries, the EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: humanitarian aid and civil protection. It aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. Thanks to its international network, ECHO-funded projects affect over 120 million people in 90 countries annually.

Assisting 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities all over the world to improve nutrition and build resilience.

EU's largest humanitarian programme ever

In Turkey, ECHO and WFP are working together on the ESSN programme. This programme is the biggest humanitarian project that the European Union has ever funded and builds on the World Food Programme’s expertise in handling large-scale cash programmes in the Middle East and elsewhere. Financed with a start-up budget of €348 million, the ESSN programme aims to reach more than one million refugees in Turkey in 2017.

The programme is the result of a partnership between the European Union and Turkey and is implemented by WFP and the Turkish Red Crescent, working closely with the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policy, the Ministry Of Interior Directorate General Of Migration Management and the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority.

Innovative approach

The ESSN programme builds on the hospitality and generosity of the Turkish people and the Turkish Government towards refugees. It is unique because it is implemented through government structures and systems. At an unprecedented scale, international humanitarian organizations and government services are reaching out to refugees across Turkey in a way that is efficient, effective and sustainable.