Donors urged to end 'politicization' of aid in Somalia

Donors should stop politicizing aid to Somalia and start improving their long-term strategy to rebuild the country, aid agencies said.

The appeal comes as the United Nations, the United States and other donors and international organizations prepare to meet to tackle Somalia security and development in a U.K.-hosted conference in London.

Ahead of this conference, a number of international organizations held their own summit where they highlighted the need to negotiate with all parties involved in the Somali conflict to reach people in need better. The groups, which include the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, also urged donors to review their anti-terrorism policies, which relief organizations said are hampering effective aid delivery. 

Meanwhile, the Somali Red Crescent society demanded an end to the international community’s “stop-start” strategy in the African country.

“We want to end this in-out, in-out, in-out approach,” Somali Red Crescent head Ahmad Hassan said, according to AlertNet. “We need to think about rebuilding the resilience of communities — otherwise the same thing happens every year.”

Oxfam GB made a similar appeal to participants of the London Somalia Conference. It is high time, the organization said, for the international community to draft a coherent strategy that focuses on long-term engagement instead of on short-term security and counterterrorism priorities. This strategy should “put the interests and aspirations of the Somali people center stage,” Oxfam GB head Barbara Stocking said.

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