Providing relief and assistance after natural disasters or conflict is not cheap, and with an expectation that the world will see more of both in future, Australian agencies which deliver those services are urging the government to be prepared.
The Australian Council for International Development, and Australia's leading NGOs, have released a report focusing on the challenges faced by the humanitarian system.
While part of its focus is on mega disasters like Haiyan, and conflicts like Syria, the Pacific region is also under the microscope, due to its high vulnerability, and the low capacity of many national governments to respond without outside help.
Interviewer: Richard Ewart
Speaker: Steph Cousins, Humanitarian Advocacy coordinator with Oxfam
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