Significant step forward at first-ever aid summit

The Gulf Times, 26 May 2016, Bibi Van Der Zeer and Patrick Kingsley.

A deal which will see disaster victims being given cash instead of vouchers or food, and which requires aid agencies to be more transparent and efficient in the way they spend money, is generally seen as the most significant step forward at the UN’s first ever aid summit this week.
But there was no progress on the growing problem of breaches of international humanitarian law - from bombing of hospitals to fighting in built-up areas - which are leading to horrifyingly high rates of civilian death and injury.
And some felt that important opportunities for radical change to the system had also been missed.

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