Humanitarian Activities


European Movement in Serbia called upon its sister organizations European Movements around Europe to get engage in spreading information and collecting aid to mitigate the extremely difficult situation in Serbia, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia caused by unprecedented flooding in the area.

Appeal was sent to the International European Movement in Brussels, the European Movement Germany, France, Belgium, Finland, Norway and other 32 countries, in order to inform the European public, institutions and its members of the size of the tragedy and its effect in our region and to support efforts to reconstruct and mitigate the consequences in these countries.

This page will publish information of the funds collected and other forms of aid, as well as activities directed at distributing them to affected individuals and areas. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter profile on information on floods and relief, as well.

Aid to children of Kosovo and Metohija

Employees of the European Movement in Serbia launched an initiative for the collection of New Year and Christmas presents for children from Kosovo and Metohija. The action was to include members of the Executive Board of the European Movement, the Association of Business Women, Invest import, store toys Lavirint, NENEX trade.

Delegation of the European Movement visited the refugee camp “Sljivovica” in town Cajetina near Zlatibor mountin and delivered presents as well as one computer on December 30, 2004.

A visit to Osojane in Kosovo was organized too. Representatives of the EMinS spent Christmas with the residents of this village and delivered Christmas presents to kids.


To assist its foundation and corporate members interested in responding to the disaster situation in South East Asia caused by the earthquake and the series of tsunamis last Sunday, 27th December 2004 , the European Foundation Centre has compiled a list of relief organisations and resources. Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporate Donors, a publication of the EFC and the Council on Foundations, offers guidance on the most appropriate ways to help those affected and addressed long-term needs and vulnerabilities.

  • Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporate Donors: A joint product of the European Foundation Centre and the Council on Foundations, this document suggests eight principles (listed below) plus practical tips for grantmakers to consider when responding to emergency situations. It also includes examples of good and bad practices, facts and figures, and a list of useful web sites.
    Download the Guide (pdf 2 MB)
  • ReliefWeb, a project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides current information on the needs and situation in the region.
  • WINGS (Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support) is a global network of more than 100 membership associations and support organisations serving grantmakers. WINGS participants in the Asia/Pacific region may be able to assist you in identifying local partners in the disaster-hit areas.
  • European Commission Humanitarian Office provides information on the European Commission’s response to the crisis, as well as a list of partners and implementing agencies.
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched an appeal to assist those affected by the earthquake and tsunamis in Asia.

Principles of Good Practice in Disaster Response:

  1. First, do no harm.
  2. Stop, look and listen before taking action.
  3. Don’t act in isolation.
  4. Think beyond the immediate crisis to the long-term.
  5. Bear in mind the expertise of local organizations.
  6. Find out how prospective grantees operate.
  7. Be accountable to those you are trying to help.
  8. Communicate your work widely and use it as an educational tool.

Tips for Good Practice in Disaster Response:

  1. Developing an internal plan for handling disaster requests.
  2. Learning about the disaster situation before responding.
  3. Thinking about when to make a disaster grant.
  4. Deciding whether to provide cash assistance, or goods and services.
  5. Looking at the disaster management picture.
  6. Choosing a grantee.
  7. Coordinating your disaster grants with others.
  8. Monitoring and evaluating disaster grants.
  9. Enhancing understanding of disasters.