Red Cross group seeks more aid for local disaster responders

AP News
Posted: Sep 23, 2015 6:02 PM

GENEVA (AP) — A Red Cross-commissioned report is urging the international community to do more to help local groups respond to crises like the Ebola outbreak, the Nepal earthquake and the Syrian civil war.

Releasing its World Disaster Report on Thursday, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says a better balance is needed between international and local aid providers.

Lead author Mo Hamza told The Associated Press that increasingly extreme weather due to climate change has put extra strains on the ability of local relief and aid workers to manage disasters.

The authors say over the past decade, no more than 7 percent of international humanitarian funds per year have gone through affected state governments. Local and national non-governmental groups received only 1.6 percent over the past five years.