Nepal a Victim of Shifting Aid Priorities?

The international community seems to be losing interest in the humanitarian situation of displaced Nepalese, IRIN quotes several aid workers. Nepal is rarely discussed and the U.N. itself has gradually disengaged from the humanitarian situation in the country since 2008, the Norwegian Refugee Council told IRIN.

“Priorities have now again shifted back to development programs with decreasing funding available for humanitarian programs,” the agency was quoted by IRIN.

Thousands of displaced Nepalese are also left unassisted because of the Nepalese government’s inaction on a policy to allow the return and resettlement of people displaced during the 10-year armed conflict in the country, IRIN adds. The policy, created in 2007, is still awaiting final approval. It intends to help displaced families acquire shelter, food, health services, training, jobs and security. IRIN notes that it also includes a rehabilitation program to help IDP resettle in their former hometowns.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.