Q&A: ICRC chief on why international NGOs 'are at extreme risk'

Yves Daccord, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Photo by: REUTERS / Denis Balibouse

WASHINGTON — Humanitarian leaders face a difficult challenge. At the same time they are being asked to shift more of their programming to conflict situations, they are also encountering a system of donor compliance regimes that make that work nearly impossible.

“On one hand I think everybody agrees, yes we need to focus on [protracted conflict] ... The reality is that when you start to zoom in, there is such an obsession about security and terrorism that the environment in which you will be able to operate is much more difficult than even a year ago,” said Yves Daccord, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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    Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.