European Community Humanitarian Office, ECHO

ECHO - European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office, Burundi, Africa (Photo: European Commission)

The EU humanitarian agency.

ECHO became known for cases of mal-administration (for example, in relation to Hurricane Mitch, one of the cases that lead to the fall of the Santer Commission). The criticism of over-centralisation has led to reforms. For example, since 2000, evaluations have been conducted by external experts.