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Key Funding Partners

European Union

European Union

Trócaire receives funding from the European Union (EU) through a number of different funding sources.

The EU currently funds Trócaire development programmes through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and the Development and Cooperation Instrument (DCI).

These are administered by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the EU Delegations in the field.

DG DEVCO is in charge of development cooperation policy in a wider framework of international cooperation, adapting to the evolving needs of partner countries.

Through the European Commission’s Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Trócaire also receives EU support for its humanitarian preparedness and response programmes.

The EU’s humanitarian aid funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union.


Trócaire’s funding relationship with the EU dates back to 1979.

  • EU Aid Volunteers

    Trócaire is currently leading two exciting projects as part of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative that focus on building local capacity and deploying volunteers to contribute to building resilience of disaster–affected communities, part-funded by the European Commission (EACEA, DG-ECHO).

    The EU Aid Volunteer initiative brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities.

    The initiative provides opportunities for citizens from the EU to volunteer in humanitarian aid projects worldwide. Working in partnership with Caritas Austria, and with country offices and partner organisations in Honduras, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, the Philippines and Nepal, so far a total of 19 volunteers have deployed.

    They have worked on a range of capacity building initiatives and projects across such areas as communications, resilience, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, protection and safeguarding. See their Stories from the Field below for a flavour of their work.

  • SCORE project

    Strengthening Capacities for Local Organisations to Respond Effectively in Emergencies

    EU Aid Volunteers initiative also supports humanitarian organisations by strengthening their capacity to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises. Working in partnership with Cordaid(the Netherlands), Trócaire is helping to build the capacity of 12 local civil society partner organisations in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to be better prepared to respond quickly and effectively in the event of a crisis.

    This involves providing trainings and working with local partners organisations to strengthen their systems and policies in such areas as Emergency Preparedness, Protection Mainstreaming, Cash-based Assistance, Digital Data Collection, Rapid Needs, Assessments and Volunteer/Staff Management in emergencies.

    For more information on the initiative visit the EU website.

Latest updates from EU Aid Volunteers & SCORE:

Latest updates from EU Aid Volunteers & SCORE:

Climate change

Environmentally friendly farming in Guatemala

Trócaire 06 November 2019


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Seeking out stories of change in Sierra Leone

Trócaire 11 September 2019

Despite the heavy rains of the wet season, Hassan, one of Trócaire’s drivers in Sierra Leone looks confident as he ca...

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I met Digna, 8 years after she was on the Trócaire box.

Trócaire 28 April 2019

In 2011, the Trócaire box featured Digna when she was five years old. Digna is from La Confianza, in the Aguan Valley i...

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