Humanitarian Aid

Islamic Relief, one of the leading international aid organisations operating in Afghanistan, believes there are six key priorities for current and future humanitarian and development aid that donor governments need to seriously address at the Chicago and Tokyo conferences and beyond.

Author: Contributors
Country: Afghanistan
Category: Conflict Transformation

In the aftermath of 9/11, governments have been increasingly inclined to make humanitarian action subordinate to broader political and military objectives. Since many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are financially dependent upon governments, this raises issues related to their independence and neutrality.At worst, NGOs may be reduced to contract agencies, or even, as some politicians would wish, mere ‘force multipliers’ in the ‘global war on terror’. Does dependence upon government funding indeed equate with the erosion of institutional independence?

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