The Independent, 24 May 2016
A new global network for local and national organisations has been launched ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. It will monitor whether global humanitarian aid is being properly utilised.
Degan Ali of Somalia has been elected chairperson of the Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR), while Smruti Patel, an Indian-origin Swiss citizen, has been made interim director and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of Coast Bangladesh its treasurer, according to sources in Dhaka.
The network was launched at a formal meeting in Istanbul on Sunday, aiming to reduce the expanding gap between affected population and aid resources.
The two-day World Humanitarian Summit began yesterday in Istanbul in an attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that the summit is a photo-opportunity which will achieve little.
Representatives of 175 countries, including 57 heads of state or government, are attending the world humanitarian summit with a view to restructuring the way the world responds to humanitarian crises.
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