How can we curb the proliferation of NGOs in a crisis?

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from The Guardian
Published on 11 May 2011 View Original

Madeleine Bunting: Government ministers, NGOs and journalists met to discuss how to stop hundreds of aid organisations descending on a country after a disaster. There were no easy answers

Imagine there is a disaster in a developing country. Communications are down, food is running out, there is no clean water, millions are homeless and hungry. And the planes that do get through are full of well-meaning NGOs with their pockets full of cash. The UN agencies struggle to cope, and spend as much time sorting out the hundreds – even thousands – of NGOs as they do trying to help the disaster stricken.

Read the complete blog at the Poverty Matters blog, the Guardian