A new global network for local and national organizations launched ahead of the WHS

COAST Trust, 23 May 2016

At the cusp of the World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, a new global network of local and national NGOs has been launched. This network NEAR (Network for Empowered Aid Response) aspires to close the expanding gap between affected population and aid resources.

It has been launched in event on 22nd in Istanbul graced by the President of AFAD Fuat Oktay. In his keynote opening speech, the president welcomed the network as a new way of engaging local actors. “The reason we are gathered here is because more and more people believe that the humanitarian system cannot cope with the challenges of today.” To tackle these challenges, he insisted on the need for innovation, creativity and courage.

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