CATHOLIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES CALL FOR CHANGES TO HUMANITARIAN AID

Catholic News Services, 24 May 2016, Megan Cornwell

Speaking ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul Anne Street, Cafod’s Head of Humanitarian Policy, said: “In any natural disaster or emergency, it is these local partners who are first on the scene. Their members understand the local culture better than anyone else, and they will carry on when the foreign experts and the television cameras have departed.”

The amount of funding currently channelled directly to local partners by international humanitarian bodies is just 0.2 per cent, she said. Cafod is calling for this to be increased to 20 per cent by 2018.

Degan Ali, the Director of a Kenyan NGO, said local aid agencies were sidelined “in a grotesque way” in some of the recent humanitarian disasters, such as the earthquake in Nepal and the typhoon in the Philippines.

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