Less than 2% of humanitarian funds 'go directly to local NGOs'

The Guardian, 16 Octo​ber 2015, Bibi van der Zee

Less than 2% of all humanitarian funding goes directly to local NGOs, despite them taking the lion’s share of the risk and often being better placed to deliver, according to aid insiders.

Degan Ali, the head of Adeso Africa, argued for a target of 20% by 2020.

“Local NGOs are taking the risks, are the first responders, are the innovators. But we are persistently sidelined – in Nepal, in Philippines and in a grotesque way in Haiti,” Ali told the Guardian, referring to the locations of natural disasters in recent years.

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