The WorldWide Decision and HIPs

Worldwide Decision (WWD)

Since 2012 the European Commission adopts one worldwide decision per year. Through this document ECHO allocates, for the current year, the necessary funds for the implementation of humanitarian aid actions in the field of:

  • Long-lasting crisis
  • Small-scale response
  • Epidemics
  • Thematic crisis

Once adopted, the text of the Worldwide Decision is published on the section “Funding” of the DG ECHO website.

The Worldwide Decision starts on the 1st January of the year N and lasts 24 months. All the funds are generally allocated by DG ECHO by the end of the first year but the Partners are allowed to complete their actions within the following 12 months.

This Decision is revised twice a year (in principles on May and September) and its amount can be increased accordingly to the needs on the grounds and accordingly to the availability of money of the operational reserve of the current year.

Worldwide Decision's CONTENTS

The Worldwide decision is the legal document that, each year, defines the needs to be addressed and indicatively allocates the funds per region and country.

Its text is reduced to the strict legal minimum requirements laid down in the European Union’s financial regulations and includes:

  • The objectives of the humanitarian interventions (as per Article 2 of the Humanitarian Aid Regulation)
  • The total amount of the decision
  • The total amount per specific objectives and per budget lines (Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid)
  • The mechanisms of financial flexibility
  • The implementation dates
  • The budget and the management modalities
  • An indicative allocation per region and country (Annex II).

The Worldwide decision represents the legal commitment of the Commission for funding Humanitarian operations, but the funds foreseen in this document are concretely allocated through another document: The Humanitarian Implementing Plans (HIPs).

Humanitarian Implementation Plans (HIPs)

The HIPs are the operational documents issued by ECHO in order to provide more detailed operational information for each crisis covered by the Worldwide decisions. They are the main reference tools for the preparation and management of the humanitarian actions.

Each HIP gives a snapshot of the situation in a given crisis/country at a specific moment, provides an overview of the humanitarian needs, defines the ECHO’s response, informs the reader of the planned procedures for the allocation of funds and gives an update on the state of the funds already allocated .

Once finalised, the HIPs are published on DG ECHO’s website and all the stakeholders, are informed electronically.

the HIP and the technical Annex

The HIP is composed by two documents:

The text of the HIP

This part is composed by three sections presenting: the context of operations, the humanitarian needs on the ground, the envisaged humanitarian response at local, country, international and European level, and, finally, the information related to LRRD, coordination and transition.

In case the HIP needs to be revised, a Section 0 may be added at the beginning.

The Technical Annex

The Technical Annex is divided into three sections providing Financial, Administrative and Operational information

  • Section 1 “Contacts”: contains addresses of the DG ECHO Operational Unit in charge and the DG ECHO contact persons at the HQ and field level.
  • Section 2 “Financial information” establishes the indicative amount allocated by the HIP and describes how this amount is divided among the different objectives and budget lines
  • Section 3 point 3.1, Administrative information provides the administrative information regarding each assessment round ( indicative amount allocated, description of the humanitarian aid interventions relating to the round, start date of eligibility and implementation period, expected duration of the Action, potential Partners, minimum information to be provided in the Single Form and indicative date for the receipt of the requested information).
  • Finally the point 3.2 “Operational requirements” defines the criteria that will be used to assess the proposals and lists the operational guidelines and all the relevant aspects to be taken into account in the designing of the action.

The Revisions of the HIPs

The HIP is not a static document; it can be revised and updated during the year.
In fact, in case additional needs are identified and/or additional funding are made available during the year, the HIP will be updated accordingly, without having to go again through the whole financing decision adoption process.
In the new version of the HIP the section 0 will be added at the beginning of the document, to describe the new needs identified. Furthermore, in the technical annex a new assessment round will be added.

The HIP revision procedure, therefore, allows ECHO to maintain, in the same document, a global view on the field's situation.

NB All communication concerning the publication of the HIPs will be done electronically, therefore DG ECHO requests all the organisations to verify the e-mail addresses of their organisation in APPEL, in order to ensure that every Partner receives the information.

Meeting to discuss HIPs

Such meetings take place at field level. Additional meetings may be organised at in ECHO offices in Brussels for high profile crisis. The purpose of these meetings is either to discuss with partners the content of the future HIPs or to present the final version of the HIPs. Un Agencies will find information on those meetings at ECHO website

References & useful links