Safety, whether from environment-related disasters or acts of aggression, is a prominent concern in the field of development, both for beneficiary communities and aid workers.
In Pakistan, donors continue to rush humanitarian assistance to help bring flood survivors on safe grounds. With the monsoon flooding moving south,donor nations and non-governmental organizations are stepping up their humanitarian efforts in Pakistan, increasing their aid pledges and the provision of relief supplies. The Pakistani government, meanwhile, said it is simplifying procedures to channel and expedite overseas aid flows to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund. It has also requested donors to set up a multidonor trust fund for peace-building and reconstruction activities, which will be managed by the World Bank.
Donors are also helping another Asian nation deal with the possible environment-related concerns. The Philippines, which has secured a USD434 million compact with the Millennium Challenge Corp., gained the support of bilateral and multilateral aid agencies in putting together a national action plan addressing climate change by April 2011.
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, has formed a high-level panel on global sustainability to be headed by Finnish President Tarja Halonen and South African President Jacob Zuma.
In conflict-torn regions, security becomes an issue not just for aid-recipient communities but also for aid workers.
Who protects those who work to protect the welfare of impoverished populations? For the 10 aid workers who were slain in Afghanistan last week, it is a question that demands a clear answer.
Aid organizations operating in Sudan and Somalia are facing similar security concerns.
Militant group Al-Shabaab has ordered three international organizations working in Somalia to close their operations. The Sudanese government, meanwhile, has allegedly prohibited humanitarian groups from operating in the Kalma and Bilal refugee camps in Darfur.
Charles North – U.S. Agency for International Development’s mission director to Russia
Ivan Miklos – European Investment Bank’s governor for the Slovak Republic
Tim Martin – Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Jay Knott – executive vice president of Abt Associates Inc.