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Médecins du Monde and international institutions

Working with international institutions is essential for humanitarian NGOs. Those institutions are both important donors and leading political authorities.

Médecins du Monde is part of various collectives which facilitate access to international deciding bodies. At the same time, the charity develops partnerships with other international organisations and keeps a specific status to intervene immediately.  

The European Union (EU)

  • ECHO’s mandate (the European Commission's Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection) provides assistance and relief to natural disaster or conflict victims outside EU. ECHO works in more than 60 countries, through more than 200 partners (NGO, CICR, United Nations specialised agencies, especially UNHCR and WFP). ECHO allocates more than 700 million euros a year to humanitarian projects.


  • EUROPEAID (Cooperation Office) is the European Commission’s implementing body for external aid. It is one of the main public development aid contributors. More than 150 countries, territories or organisations benefit from the Office’s aid.


  • MdM intervenes with Europe Aid via CONCORD (the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development) and via the French NGO collective, Coordination SUD, that specialises in EU lobbying and drafts common EU development policy and North-South relationship positions.


  • For some years now, MdM has mostly been active throughVOICE(interface between European relief charities and ECHO).  MdM France is a member of Task Force,in charge of negotiating with ECHO in the name of VOICE’s 90 partner member NGOs. As such, MdM has strongly contributed to revising ECHO’s framework partnership agreement (CCP) as part of the CCP’s monitoring group du CCP established by VOICE.


  • MdM France and other charities of its international network regularly take part in ECHO’s intervention strategy planning meetings.  MdM supports the new European Consensus clauses for humanitarian aid and works towards its promotion and execution on the grounds.


The Council of Europe (COE)

  • The Council of Europe comprises 46 European states. Created in 1949 to protect human rights, since 1989, it has focused on helping Central and Eastern European countries (CEE) implement political reforms.


  • MdM’s international network hasconsultative statuswith COE and is part ofOING Service, a networking platform of NGOs granted similar status.


The United Nations (UN)

  • U.N. Economic and Social Council(ECO - SOC) is the main coordination body for UN social and economic activities plus its dedicated organisations and institutions.  MdM’s international network has special consultative status enabling it to carry out lobbying activities, especially with theHuman Rights Commission.It has observer status in this subsidiary ECO-SOC body and is one in few medical NGO present in this public designation arena for human rights breaches.  MdM can comment and submit texts as regards any point on the agenda of the commission’s annual session.


  • MdM’s international network ensures a representation at theHigh Commissionerfor Refugees(HCR), theWorld Health Organisation(WHO)andtheOffice for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs(OCHA). Along with this political representation,MdM has agreed to an operational partnership with the HCR. MdM and OCHA share an information exchange partnership and operational watch via Reliefweb.


  • Some MdM projects are in touch with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through an operational and political collaboration around childhood in conflicts. The same applies for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), with whom MdM collaborates on several projects.


  • MdM is a member of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), a network of human rights NGOs that focuses on refugees’ human rights. ICVA comprises more than 80 international NGOs. The Council intervenes with UN agencies, mostly as an HCR interface, working on different themes such as the articulation between humanitarian and military or civil protection during armed conflicts.