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Tsunami Evaluation Cmte Says What Needs to Be Said: The Obvious

In Economic Justice, International politics, International Public Health on July 14, 2006 at 3:43 pm

From the Tsunami Evaluation Committee’s Joint evaluation of the international response to the Indian Ocean tsunami:Synthesis Report as relayed in this BBC article:

 

 

“Emergency relief is given not only on the basis of need, but in response to political pressures and what aid agencies believe may be popular with the donating public.”

“The gross inequity in funding for different emergencies is evident in people reduced to half-rations in Sudan in the face of increasing malnutrition, while Iraq and Afghanistan continue to get generous funding.”

“The scale and frequency of modern emergencies is on the rise and the quality, capacity and regulation of the international relief system is currently inadequate to support this.”

“While aid agencies are recognised for providing affected populations with the security they needed to begin planning what do next, they need to involve them in the management of the response. This is particularly important when emergency relief priorities rapidly change to those of rebuilding and re-establishing livelihoods.”

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