Reform of int'l humanitarian aid system necessary, NGOs say ahead of aid summit

May 19, 2016

As the first-ever international humanitarian summit is only a week away, Turkey's leading aid organizations are focusing on the need to "localize aid" with "stronger local actors". As Istanbul gets ready to host the World Humanitarian Summit between May 23-24, Anadolu Agency spoke to domestic NGOs who say empowering local communities is the best way to cope with disasters. Head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, says if local humanitarian aid groups are not strengthened "communities will be more open to disasters". "Aid made by larger international organizations in local places is not sustainable and results in very high costs." Kinik says reform of the humanitarian aid system is needed, describing it as "reshaping aid". More at http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2016/05/16/reform-of-intl-humanitarian-...

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