How to get funds into conflict zones

A bank teller counts bolivar banknotes at a Banco de Venezuela branch in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo by: REUTERS / Marco Bello

LONDON — Aid organizations in conflict zones are working with some of those in need of the most urgent help worldwide — yet partners attempting to send them funds via banks and payment providers are likely to run into delays, restrictions, and rejections.

Legal constraints and bank de-risking efforts have created barriers to sending funds to conflict-affected areas — and more barriers mean longer delays, which in turn means more lives lost.

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    Rebecca Root is an Editorial Associate and Reporter at Devex. She has a background in journalism and communications, and has written for a variety of publications while living and working in New York and London. She is now based in Barcelona and produces multimedia editorial content for digital content series and media partnerships.