RED CROSS REPORT CALLS FOR MORE SUPPORT FROM INTERNATIONALS

Sep 23, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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A report commissioned by the Red Cross is urging the international community to do more – to help local groups respond to crises like the Ebola outbreak, the Nepal earthquake and the Syrian civil war.

In its World Disaster Report, the International Federation of The Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says there needs to be a better balance – between local aid providers and international responders.

Lead author Mo Hamza says the extreme weather increase due to climate change – has put extra strain on the ability of local relief and aid workers to manage disasters.

The report authors say – over the past decade, no more than 7 per cent of yearly international humanitarian funds – have gone through affected state governments.

And local and national non-governmental groups received only 1.6 per cent of aid funding – over the past five years.

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