Aid agencies need more self regulation

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1377

International aid agencies must become more efficient and more accountable, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Otherwise, says the federation in its 1996 World Disasters Report, they will not overcome “the profound changes in the international relief system” and secure the health and human rights of millions worldwide.

Part of the concern is generated by the burgeoning numbers of aid agencies, particularly non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which, the report suggests, have flourished as a result …

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