Aid bud­gets stretched to cope with refugees

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

REUTERS/ Gov­ern­ments are fail­ing to meet the world’s mas­sive hu­man­i­tar­ian chal­lenges be­cause aid bud­gets in many coun­tries are be­ing stretched to cover the refugee cri­sis, a lead­ing anti-poverty group said yes­ter­day. Goals such as tack­ling dis­ease and end­ing ex­treme poverty by 2030 may slip down the agenda as donor gov­ern­ments shift funds away from long-term devel­op­ment aid, The ONE Cam­paign said. The group’s anal­y­sis of in­ter­na­tional aid bud­gets comes ahead of a ma­jor UN sum­mit to­day on tack­ling the refugee and mi­grant cri­sis at a time of record dis­place­ment. Of par­tic­u­lar con­cern is the prac­tice of count­ing ‘in-donor’ refugee costs whereby gov­ern­ments sup­port refugees in their own coun­tries with aid funds, the re­port said. This means less money avail­able to spend on deadly dis­eases such as HIV-Aids and malaria, it said.

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